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  • 09

    Smart Strategies for Equality and Social Inclusion

    14:00 -15:00


    We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the webinar “Smart Strategies for Equality and Social Inclusion” organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme on Thursday, December 9th at 09:00 CDT/16:00 CEST. The webinar will have a duration of 1 hour. The webinar seeks to introduce smart strategies and analyse how innovation and digitalization can promote more inclusive policies. The event agenda includes:

    • Introduction to smart cities and regions
    • The role of smart strategies and digitalization in participatory practices and gender inclusion – Lessons learned from Umea, Sweden
    • Panel Discussion

    Register now!


    Nos complace invitarles a unirse a nosotros en el webinar “Estrategias inteligentes para la igualdad y la inclusión social” organizado por el Programa de Cooperación Internacional Urbana y Regional América Latina (IURC-LAC) el jueves 9 de diciembre a las 09:00 CDT/16:00 CEST. El webinar tendrá una duración de 1 hora. El webinar busca presentar estrategias inteligentes y analizar cómo la innovación y la digitalización pueden promover políticas más inclusivas. La agenda del evento incluye:

    • Introducción a las ciudades y regiones inteligentes
    • El papel de las estrategias inteligentes y la digitalización en las prácticas participativas y la inclusión de género: lecciones aprendidas de Umea, Suecia
    • Panel de discusión

    Regístrese ahora!


    Temos o prazer de convidá-lo ao webinar “Estratégias Inteligentes para Igualdade e Inclusão Social” organizado pelo Programa Internacional de Cooperação Urbana e Regional da América Latina (IURC-LAC) na quinta-feira, 9 de dezembro às 09:00 CDT/16:00 CEST. O webinar terá a duração de 1 hora. O webinar busca apresentar estratégias inteligentes e analisar como a inovação e a digitalização podem promover políticas mais inclusivas. A agenda do evento inclui:

    • Introdução às cidades e regiões inteligentes
    • O papel de estratégias inteligentes e digitalização em práticas participativas e inclusão de gênero – Lições aprendidas em Umea, Suécia
    • Painel de discussão

    Registre-se agora!

  • 14

    Circular City Hubs: Improving thriving, liveable, resilient urban centres

    09:00 -10:30

    Tuesday, 14 December 2021

    9:00 – 10:30 CET | 16:00 – 17:30 MYT | 19:00 – 20:30 Melbourne



    Why cities are crucial to a circular economy?

    Cities have a high concentration of resources, capital, data, and talent spread over a relatively small geographic area and are centres for innovation hubs. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, by 2050 two thirds of us will live in cities, consuming 75% of the world’s natural resources, producing 50% of global waste and over 60% of greenhouse gas emissions.


    Cities also represent a significant concentration of populations and human productive activity as well as the negative side-effects generated such as pollution and waste.  Making this locus of habitation and productive activity more sustainable and circular would have an impact first and foremost on the quality of life of its citizens, especially the most vulnerable among them. But it could have a broader impact on the planet as a whole.


    Today’s thematic webinar will focus on a key locus of circular change: cities. Whilst some national governments are still lagging on sustainable development action, cities have taken the initiative and implemented a range of circular measures, seeking to become fit for the 21st centuryIURC cities and city leaders will examine how we can take full advantage of the wealth of opportunities in cities to create a system that can work long-term for the economy, society, and the environment. The key experts from Australia, Finland, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand from the IURC Asia & Australasia network will also share how we can use our current resources to re-design cities from within as vibrant systems that operate and provide better public services more efficiently, improve how buildings are used, re-imagine smart food cities  and protect the well-being of citizens.


    Addressing critical barriers and enablers of circular economy strategies in cities unlocks the potential of circular economy in cities and requires coordination across people, policies and places.  Critical barriers stem from having to change mindsets and habits towards different production and consumption pathways, and new business and governance models (people). It requires a holistic and systemic approach that cuts across sectoral policies, and a functional approach that goes beyond the administrative boundaries of cities and closes, narrows and slows loops at the right scale (places) (OECD, 2021). Today, city leaders and experts will share recommendations on how Circular City Hubs can play an innovative role in this transition and how IURC Asia & Australasia cities can work with Europe and other regions to make this happen on the ground.



    1. Dato’ Sr Hj Rozali Bin Hj Mohamud, First Mayor of Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) – Malaysia
    2. Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga, School of Property and Construction Management, RMIT University – Australia
    3. Dr. Wijarn Simachaya, President of the Thai Environment Institute (TEI) – Thailand
    4. Ganjar Setya Pribadi, Communication and Information Technology Division of Bandung City Government – Indonesia
    5. Niina Ruuska, Climate and Environmental Policy Unit, City of Turku, Finland


    Full programme: CE Thematic Webinar 14 December_Final