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Webinar #19 "IURC Latin America: Final lessons from the Region-to-Region cooperation"

Webinar

The webinar "IURC Latin America: Final lessons from the Region-to-Region cooperation" organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sougth to reflect on the main lessons learned from the IURC Latin America Region-to-Region cooperation and share best practices linked to sustainable regional innovation. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from the event here
IURC Final Event 2023 takeaways article

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Over three years, European cities and regions have had the opportunity to cooperate with colleagues across the world in order to develop their capacity in ecological transition and the Green Deal; urban & regional renewal and social cohesion; and innovative sustainable & carbon neutral ecosystems and strategic sectors. These are the takeaways of the programme’s final event 2023.

IURC Cities Forum takeaways

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IURC Cities Forum takeaways

EWRC 2023 session takeaways

Factsheets

Takeaways from IURC’s EU Week of Regions and Cities 2023 event.

Takeaways. Partnership for Regional Innovation: Experiences from Ostrobothnia and Magallanes

Factsheets

The following Takeaways Factsheet highlights key aspects of the PRI operational framework, featuring strategic policy formulation, an open discovery process, and the mobilization of diverse policies and actions. Key supporting factors include the multi-level governance approach within the EU framework, the need for recalibrating operational methodologies, and the central role of multi-stakeholder collaboration. Cultural challenges are addressed, recognizing the contextual nature of human actions and decisions.

Central Macedonia's One Stop Liaison Officer (OSLO)

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The One Stop Liaison Officer (OSLO) methodology developed in Central Macedonia (Greece) has a significant role in boosting the region’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Operating under the Department of Innovation Support of RCM, OSLO acts as a vital link between academia, research, and businesses, promoting collaboration and innovation. OSLO’s diverse services include operating a Regional Intelligence Information System, coordinating RIS3 Strategy updates, informing stakeholders through a digital platform, and supporting SMEs with accessible information on calls and funding tools.

Educational campaigns strategies for schools and kindergartens. Action Plan- Essen and Fortaleza

Case Studies

Incentives should be created for children to learn and live waste prevention and recycling
through competitions and rewards. Incorporating playful activities, related to specific environmental-themed holidays for example, is also a way to capture children’s attention. Furthermore, it is important to measure the impact of initiatives to assess their effectiveness and make necessary
adjustments, ensuring that children develop ecological awareness from an early age and
become advocates for good environmental practices.

Case Study Puerto Montt (CL) - Piraeus (GR)

Case Studies

Puerto Montt and Piraeus have been working on a variety of topics such as Nature-based Solutions (NBS) and participatory planning. Their cooperation also explored the Blue Economy approach as a cross-cutting strategy for urban planning, local economic development, protection of maritime resources, cultural recognition of coastal cities, sea-related productive activities, amongst other. As a result, both cities co-created a Blue Economy Cluster to continue sharing best practices, technical knowledge, applied methodologies and innovative strategies beyond the IURC-LA programme.

 

Case Study Essen & Grenoble-Alpes Métropole - Toyota & Koriyama

Case Studies

Essen, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, Koriyama, and Toyota City are creating a physical and virtual place that helps their private contractors meet innovators, start-ups, and SMEs of the partner cities. The topic they chose to work on is “new energy technologies and hydrogen”.

Case Study Bratislava-Tokorozawa

Case Studies

Bratislava and Tokorozawa aim to be green and energy-efficient. Bratislava has learnt from Tokorozawa’s greenery expansion measures and active use of renewable energy, especially solar power. In return, Tokorozawa has gained insights from Bratislava’s longstanding approach to city greening and adaptation, and their efforts to initiate actions for energy efficiency and renewables.

Digitalization of Services for Citizens, experiences from Genoa & Mar del Plata

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Genoa (Italy) and Mar del Plata (Argentina) are actively working on the digital transformation in the framework of IURC-LA. The topic became a opportunity to improve the efficiency of municipal services and data sharing. The two cities developed digital tools to facilitate the execution of municipal procedures, enhance the flow of information, and reduce in-person visits to municipal offices. Read the takeaway to learn about Genoa’s experience of the “Fascicolo del Cittadino” and Mar del Plata’s “Mesa Digital de Entrada

Webinar #18 "Cultivating Urban Resilience through Co-creation and Storytelling: Case Studies from Medellín, Colombia – Lecco, Italy"

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The webinar "Cultivating Urban Resilience through Co-creation and Storytelling: Case Studies from Medellín, Colombia – Lecco, Italy" organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sougth to provide practitioners and policy-makers with concrete examples from relevant case studies on Cultivating Urban Resilience through Co-creation and Storytelling: Case Studies from Medellín, Colombia – Lecco, Italy. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from the event...
Takeaways. Piraeus and Puerto Montt: Blue Economy Cluster (BEC)

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Piraeus and Puerto Montt consolidated the Blue Economy Cluster (BEC), to promote and diversify local development strategies.

The main objective is to generate a platform for interaction between stakeholders involved in the local development of both cities, focusing on sharing technical knowledge on fields:

  1. Innovation and Research
  2. Tourism sector and local culture
  3. Local governance on Blue Economy
  4. Port and logistic activities

Read the takeaways.

Dublin and Seoul's Joint Publication on Digital Transition in Sustainable Mobility

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Dublin and Seoul have jointly released a policy publication on Digital Transition in Sustainable Mobility, marking a significant milestone in their pilot project aimed at advancing urban mobility and digital transition within the framework of IURC Asia and Australasia.

The policy publication on Digital Transition in Sustainable Mobility is a result of their collaborative efforts following their participation in a study visit in 26 – 30 August 2023, as part of their competitive awardread, read more https://www.iurc.eu/2023/09/08/dublin-delegation-visits-seoul-on-the-topic-of-urban-mobility-and-digital-transition/ 

Retrofitting Social Houses and Buildings: Reducing Labour and Achieveing Net-Zero Energy Performance

Webinar

Cities face significant challenges in decarbonizing and improving the resilience of their aging housing stock. Panelization promises to reduce the labour involved with deep retrofits. This presentation covers Canada's first panelized retrofit to achieve net-zero energy performance, the Presland Net-Zero PEER Pilot.   Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will share the results of this ambitious project, which represents a replicable, scalable model for retrofits nationwide. OCH will explain its role as a general contractor and panel...
Transforming Urban Public Space: Addressing Climate Change, Accessibility, and Social Inclusion

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Among the more problematic effects climate change imposes on urban planners are the challenges of creating and re-purposing public spaces that mitigate urban heat islands and alleviate threats from intense rain events and flooding while positively impacting communities.   In this session, we will learn from three different projects.   - The Moakley Park Vision Plan, presented by the City of Boston, transforms one of its largest waterfront open spaces from a largely single-use recreational facility into a resilient and...
Webinar 17. Bilbao’s Post-industrial Transformation: A Blueprint for Urban Rebirth”, on September 26th, 2023

Webinar

The webinar "Bilbao’s Post-industrial Transformation: A Blueprint for Urban Rebirth" organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sougth to delve into the urban regeneration and transformation process of Bilbao, highlighting key strategies, challenges, and successes. Through expert insights and discussions, participants gained a comprehensive understanding of the Bilbao model and its relevance to urban development. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from...
Case Study Umea (SE) – Punta Arenas (CL)

Case Studies

In the framework of IURC LA, Umeå (Sweden) and Punta Arenas (Chile) collaborates on Urban Renewal and Social Cohesion, involving efficient participatory processes with a focus on integration a gender perspective into planning.

Within the process of technical cooperation between both cities, Punta Arenas incorporated Umea’s Gender Landscape approach into the design of the city’s “Green Areas Master Plan”.

To learn about this experience, read the pairing’s case study.

Find the guidelines about “gender equality perspective in urban planning”

Experience from Umeå (Sweden): Guidelines to integrate a gender equality perspective in urban planning

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Umeå, Sweden, is a city that actively strives for gender equality, aiming to create
conditions for women and men to have equal power to shape society as well as their own
lives. A crucial starting point is that planning approaches must integrate an understanding of
how gendered power structures and norms shape how we plan and interact with our
cities. It is therefore necessary to integrate a refined understanding of gender (in)equality
as a central aspect of planning strategies.

IURC Turku City (Finland), and Nagano City and Obuse Town (Japan) Urban-Rural Circular Economy for Climate and Sustainable Tourism

Webinar

Program attached: Turku-Nagano & Obuse Workshop 2023-09-14_as of 0913 Language: English and Japanese, Simultaneous Interpretation Service available
Take Away Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) - Karlsruhe

Factsheets

PMRDA and Karlsruhe’s key area of cooperation is to develop a concept for the establishment of a “Center of Excellence for Urban Planning” and support for the creation of an Eco-Industrial Township (EIT) within the framework of IURC Asia & Australasia.

Case Study Rotterdam - Surat

Case Studies

Within the IURC Asia & Australasia framework, Rotterdam is working with Surat to construct and efficiently operate a water plaza in a dense city neighborhood, in order to manage water resources, reduce the climate change impacts, facilitate social interactions and encourage athletic activities.

Case Study Barcelona - Brisbane

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Urban transformation through the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, an event Barcelona hosted in 1992. Through the IURC, experts from both sides engaged in several activities to gain a deeper understanding of how global events can create tangible benefits for their citizens and strengthen sustainable urban development.

Case study Coimbra-Valle del Cauca

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The regions of Coimbra (Portugal) and Valle del Cauca (Colombia) have exchanged knowledge and good practices to boost their economic reactivation in the framework of the IURC Latin America programme. Both regions signed an economic agreement in April 2023, to address Coimbra’s shortage of qualified labor with Valle del Cauca’s surplus of highly qualified professionals in the engineering and hospitality sectors. The goal was the Mutual Recognition of professional degrees to certify engineers from Colombia and Portugal.

 

Case study Parma-Merida

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Merida and Parma are exchanging best practices to improve urban mobility by promoting non-motorized modes of transportation, public transportation and changing people’s behaviours and mobility choices.

As a result of the IURC-LA collaboration, the city of Merida aims to implement a Mobility Manager pilot with academic institutions, including collection of data through a standardized survey to better understand mobility habits and barriers for students.

Case Study Parana-Silesia

Case Studies

Silesia’s Central Mining Institute (GIG) developped a new technology to transform sludge into fertilizers. As the cost of fertilizers is rising in Parana, the  SANEPAR is looking to test this new technology and theredore to reduce agricultural production costs. Both regions signed a Cooperation Agreement on April 17th, 2023, aimed at implementing joint projects in areas of regional specialisation and sustainable economic development.

 

Case Study Vila Nova de Famalicão & Maia – Seberang Perai

Case Studies

Seberang Perai have successfully replicated two circular economy waste management models post-study visits to Vila Nova de Famalicão & Maia: (1) Bagan Ajam Market and (2) eco-school vocational training (citizen centric community programmes)

Case Study Sofia-Sejong

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Sofia Municipality is working with Sejong City from the Republic of Korea to conduct a joint business venture on solar panels. This pilot project is expected to develop a partnership between Bulgarian and Korean companies on renewable energy.

Case Study Dublin - Seoul

Case Studies

Dublin City Council is working with Seoul Metropolitan Government to build data analytics capacity in both cities to improve sustainable mobility including public transportation (PT), walking and cycling, and to support their respective targets for active travel.

Case Study Rotterdam-Busan

Case Studies

The City of Rotterdam is working with Busan Metropolitan City from the Republic of Korea to conduct a joint policy study on urban mobility. This pilot project is expected to help policy makers in both cities to create greener urban mobility ecosystems.

Take Away: Kochi Messina - Development of Flood Module for Kochi

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As part of the IURC Kochi/India – Messina/Italy city pairing, a minimal viable use-case on flooding was developed in TOSCA by the Digital City Science team at HafenCity University in cooperation with Cochin University of Science and Technology and University of Messina.

Case Study Ostrobothnia-Magallanes

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Ostrobothnia (Finland) and Magallanes (Chile) are exchanging best practices for the implementation of a hydrogen green ecosystem (H2V) in the Chilean region. In the framework of IURC Latin America, Magallanes is currently working with the Finnish region of Ostrobothnia, which possess extensive experience in the development of green energy hubs, particularly in wind energy and biogas. Therefore, both regions are exchanging best practices that can contribute to accelerate the creation of the H2 Hub in Magallanes.

 

Case Study: Leuven-Gwalior

Case Studies

In the framework of IURC Asia and Australasia, Leuven is working with Gwalior to strengthen the capacity of start-ups inspiring them to become a genuine force of change and economic development for the city and India, while promoting the development of partnerships with businesses in Europe.

Case Study Genoa-Mar del Plata

Case Studies

Genoa and Mar del Plata are exchanging knowledge and best practices on Tourism and Culture, to develop an action plan to promote sustainable, balanced, and diversified tourism, while meeting the needs of local communities. The pairing designed tourism diversification strategies to reach this objective, in the framework of the IURC Latin America programme. The pairing built a series of guidelines to share their learnings with other cities facing similar challenges. Find the tourism diversification guidelines here: https://www.iurc.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/guidelines-Genoa-MDP-2.pdf

 

Case Study: Milan - Bangkok

Case Studies

Bangkok’s District Food Management Sandbox: Applying the MUFPP to the Thai context

Case study Puerto Montt-Piraeus

Case Studies

In the framework of IURC Latin America, Puerto Montt (Chile) and Piraeus (Greece) are collaborating on Nature-based Solutions (NBS) involving efficient participatory planning processes. Both cities are exchanging knowledge and good practices on the implementation of innovative strategies of social engagement. They are studying existing sociocultural capital that recognise and use traditional knowledge of citizens, as well as involve population groups that has been historically absent in urban planning decision-making, to co-created new green spaces.

Call for Companies to enter the Joint Open Innovation Online Pitches on New Energy Technologies and/or Hydrogen

Webinar

Companies (large, middle-sized or SME) from our IURC partner cities of Essen (Germany), Grenoble-Alpes Metropole (France), Toyota or Koriyama (Japan), looking for solutions on new energy technologies and/or hydrogen to address climate change challenges, are eligible to participate in the Joint Open Innovation Online Pitches.
Case Study Anci Lazio-Barranquilla

Case Studies

Rome (Anci Lazio region) and Barranquilla exchanged best practices on urban and peri-urban agriculture to improve food security and participatory management of brownfield sites, contributing to reverse the growing threats of poverty and vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Barranquilla and Rome developed a pilot project to test the idea of urban agriculture in Barranquilla, leading to the co-creation of a proposal approved by the European Commission in late 2021 with a 2,6-million-euro grant (“GenerACTOR” project).

 

Case Study Essen-Fortaleza

Case Studies

In the framework of IURC Latin America, Essen and Fortaleza are exchanging knowledge and best practices on circular economy and waste management, linked to the recycling and collection of special waste, legal frameworks, and waste fee structures, that promote zero-waste policies. They coined the name “Fortalessen” for their collaboration, as a symbol of how working together made them stronger.

Takeaways. Hermosillo’s Green Infrastructure Manual

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The city of Hermosillo (Mexico) elaborated a “Green Infrastructure Manual” as a result of a joint effort by the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADB). The manual intends to connect Green Infrastructure with strategic planning, participatory management, and adaptation to local ecosystem conditions. It is not only aimed at the public government, but also seeks to transfer basic knowledge for Green Infrastructure implementation at the local and micro urban scale.

Case study Milan -São Paulo

Case Studies

São Paulo and Milan are working on urban regeneration through the lens of sustainability and social inclusion. The cities are interested in uncovering common patterns, similarities, and important differences in their land-use organisation, city development plans, and policies. They have created a comparative study with the aim of shedding light on important urban regeneration policies, practices and projects that both cities are developing which includes a detailed analysis of different planning instruments and regeneration methodologies. 

Webinar 16. Smart Specialization Strategies and Sustainability

Webinar

The webinar "Smart Specialization Strategies and Sustainability" organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sougth to show reflections related to the sustainability dimension of smart specialisation strategies and their deployment in the industrial (industrial policies and sustainability) and local (entrepreneurship and innovation Hubs) dimensions. The presentations aimed to generate inspiration on how to mobilise research and innovation to address the SDGs in various territorial contexts, including places facing institutional and structural challenges. The framework is...
Asia Pacific MUFPP IURC Food Policy Training_Report

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Final Report of the Asia Pacific Food Policy Training implemented by Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) Secretariat and the IURC Asia and Australasia project team in 2022.

Case Study Madrid-San Diego

Case Studies

The Canalejas Mobility Hub is a driver of sustainable urban mobility in Madrid, and the city of San Diego is eager to replicate it. By transforming underutilized parking structures into mobility hubs, both are becoming sustainable, accessible, and healthier cities.

IURC NA- Baltimore Urban Regeneration & Economic Development for Social Inclusion Event

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IURC NA, in partnership with the Baltimore Development Corporation, held on May 10th to 12th, 2023, the Urban Regeneration and Economic Development for Social Inclusion event in Baltimore, USA. Twenty-one cities from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Mexico, the US, and Canada gathered to work on key urban regeneration & economic development challenges, economic inclusion & community impact, public-private partnerships, sustainable waterfront development, adaptive reuse & neighborhood regeneration, and innovation economy & social inclusion. These are the takeaways.

Case Study Zaragoza – Ottawa

Case Studies

The EVENTSOST system is transforming the tourism and events sector in Zaragoza, while Ottawa is analysing its adoption as another step to ensure that economic growth is accompanied by sustainability, a smaller carbon footprint, and a positive social impact.

Case Study Braga – St. John’s

Case Studies

A Canadian model of urban farming sparks a strategy for the prevention of fires and the generation of incentives for repopulation in Galicia and the Northern region of Portugal.

Case Study Metropolitan Area of Barcelona & Boston

Case Studies

The Metropolitan Area of Barcelona’s quest for civic innovation across 36 municipalities leads them to explore replicating Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Urban Mechanics, the City’s pioneering civic research & design team.

Tackling Urban Heat Islands & Extreme Temperatures: How Cities are Implementing Climate Shelters and other solutions

Webinar

Because of climate change, intense heat waves are becoming increasingly frequent and intense. They are exacerbated by urban heat islands – a phenomenon that occurs when an urban area is much hotter than the surrounding undeveloped areas (i.e. too much concrete, too few trees!). This webinar will feature presentations from experts with the City of Boston and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area sharing specific solutions that they are undertaking, such as networks of cooling spaces, increasing vegetation, and urban parks, and how these interventions have been identified and are...
Tools for Increasing Bike Ridership- Infrastructure, Incentives, and Campaigns

Webinar

Our final Sustainable Urban Mobility and Transport online session featured an interactive exercise for participating cities to start thinking about the challenges and solutions to increasing bike ridership, such as infrastructure, incentives, and campaigns.
Title Capacity Building on Regenerative Design by ACCIONA

Webinars & Trainings

The online Capacity Building on Regenerative Design by ACCIONA, organised by the IURC Central Coordination Services in coordination with the Geographical Areas in two sessions (morning for Asia & Australasia and China; afternoon for Latin America and North America) aimed to support worldwide pairings and clusters to path the way of their ongoing projects during the last year of the programme. The training was conducted on March 7th 2023 and welcomed more than 75 participants from all around the globe.

RIS3 in Europe and transition towards RIS4

Webinars & Trainings

The training session was held on the new approach to smart specialization for the 2021-2027 programming period but starting with main approach to S3, learning about good practices in defining and implementing the Smart Specialization strategy following the methodology recommended by the European Commission.

CASE STUDIES Umeå (SE) – Venice (IT) - Kamakura (JPN)

Case Studies

5 case studies:

Case study 1 – Climate & Food (Umeå) 

Case study 2 – Over-tourism and sustainable promotion of territories (Metropolitan City of Venice) 

Case study 3 – Citizen-led sustainable urban development (Kamakura) 

Case study 4 – Station of Being (Umeå) 

Case study 5 – Over-tourism (Kamakura) 

For each of the case studies, there is an executive summary, special features, results and impact, key figures and lessons learned.

 

Set of recommendations to implement NBS & participatory planning, experiences from Puerto Montt & Piraeus

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Puerto Montt and Piraeus are exchanging innovative social engagement techniques and
local experiences implementing Nature-based Solutions (NBS) initiatives, generating
knowledge related to the crucial role that citizens have in the sustainable development.
The cities have prepared a set of recommendations for efficient participatory planning
processes in NBS projects. In this context, Puerto Montt expects to apply these lessons of
co-creation and green solutions in the urban park “La Paloma”, which has wetlands and
abundant native forests.

Tourism diversification guidelines from Genoa & Mar Del Plata

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Genoa and Mar del Plata exchange best practices on Tourism and Culture, to develop an action plan to achieve balanced and sustainable tourism, while meeting the needs of local communities. Mar del Plata’s strategy is focused on attracting tourism during the whole year, not only the summer season, while Genoa seeks to diversify tourists’ profiles. As a result, the pairing built a series of guidelines to share their learnings with other cities facing similar challenges.

Solid Waste Collection Fee Guidelines from Essen & Fortaleza

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Essen and Fortaleza (“Fortalessen”) are exchanging knowledge and best practices on circular economy and waste management in the framework of the International, Urban and Regional Cooperation programme (IURC Latin America), linked to the recycling and collection of special waste, legal frameworks, and waste fee structures, that promote zero-waste policies.
These guidelines share the main learnings from this exchange and provide a roadmap for other cities that wish to implement a solid waste recollection fee while integrating
complementary interventions.

Milan – São Paulo IURC– Comparative Study

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The cities of Milan and São Paulo are exchanging knowledge and best practices on the
regeneration of industrial heritage areas as a catalyst for social and environmental
transformation, and the creation of more livable and green neighbourhoods. The cities have collaborated on the creation of guidelines to ensure that regeneration projects integrally revitalise areas, that can then be integrated into the city’s fabric. This comparative study has been created to provide context for the guidelines.

Urban Regeneration Guidelines from São Paulo & Milan

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São Paulo and Milan developed elaborated a comparative study of instruments and methodologies linked to the creation of more sustainable, inclusive, and lively neighbourhoods through the transformation of vacant or under-used spaces. A workshop allowed them to discuss common challenges and lessons learned, which led to the elaboration of a guideline for the realization of regeneration plans, which can be applied to other cities and also will be implemented in the regeneration of the Bras area in São Paulo.

Takeaways. Barranquilla "Todos al parque"

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Barranquilla’s “Todos al Parque” programme consists of the renewal and creation
of public space that guarantees universal access to a public park system
for Barranquilla’s citizens. The strategy has focused on the recovery of
existing parks, their maintenance, and the coordination of social activities,
creating a system of parks of different intervention levels; local, district,
and metropolitan.

Takeaways. Urban agriculture a strategy for social inclusion and risk prevention

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The Jarillón Plan in Cali is a city megaproject and is classified as the largest resettlement project in Latin America. This project was born due to the winter wave of 2010-2011 when many families where affected by heavy floods throughout Colombia and the Jarrillón area.  The Jarillón Plan aims for resettlement with a full guarantee of rights, improving their quality of life, and living in areas of non-mitigable risk.

Read the takeaways.

Takeaways. Implementation of urban gardens in Rome

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One of the most interesting environmental and social challenges in Rome is the emergence of urban gardens. Currently there are more than 150 municipal urban gardens, providing citizens with the opportunity to grow their own food and create green spaces in the city. Despite their benefits, urban gardens face challenges such as limited space, lack of resources and funding, and difficulty in coordinating multiple stakeholders.

Read the takeaways.

Takeaways. Recovery of Malaga's historic centre strategies and mechanism's

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The Historic Center of Malaga suffered neglect due to the exclusive promotion of sun and beach tourism on the coast, which turned it into an aging neighborhood with social exclusion problems and abandoned buildings. To address this, urban and commercial development programs were carried out to make it more attractive to residents and visitors.

Webinar. 15-minutes city: promoting sustainable mobility in Umea (Sweden) and Valencia (Spain)

Webinar

The webinar "15-minutes city: promoting sustainable mobility in Umea (Sweden) and Valencia (Spain)” organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sougth to explore the 15-minutes city model of planning, that became a global trend, in regard to its practical application and replicability in our cities. It discussed case studies to illustrate its contribution to increasing accessibility to urban life and promoting active and sustainable mobility patterns. Space The full agenda of the event is available...
Webinar. Repair, Recycle, Re-use: International experiences on the upcycling of electronic waste

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The webinar "Repair, Recycle, Re-use: International experiences on the upcycling of electronic waste” organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sougth to share inspiration about circular economy best practices, focused on the re-use, recycling, and repair of electronic waste and other materials. Three international experiences on the creation of recycling centres and related repairing initiatives were discussed to highlight opportunities and challenges linked to upcycling experiences in cities. Space The full agenda of the event...
Takeaway. Hermosillo’s participatory budgeting. Best practice case study: CRECES

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Since 2022, the city of Hermosillo in Mexico has been implementing Participatory Budgeting through their Presupuesto Creces programme, as a way to promote greater transparency and citizen participation, and improve the decision making process for public works. You can learn the main lessons in this takeaway.

Takeaway. Parma’s Mobility Manager Network

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Through Parma’s Mobility Managers programme, companies work with the support of the city, on home-to-work travel plans, identifying actions to promote the use of more sustainable modes of transportation by their workers.

Takeaways. Puerto Montt: Community participation & Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable Urban Planning

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In recent years, the City of Puerto Montt (Chile) has been facing several challenges arising from unplanned urban sprawl, which has put cultural and environmental heritage under pressure. In this context, Puerto Montt’s team integrated the preservation of wetlands into its planning strategies and is working on the systemic integration of indigenous communities and their traditional knowledge into green infrastructure projects.

We invite you to read some lessons learned and recommendations from Puerto Montt.

Takeaway. Piraeus: local experience on NBS–participatory planning through euPOLIS project

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The City of Piraeus (Greece) has been implementing Nature Based Solutions (NBS) projects with participatory planning processes to strengthen Public Health (PH) and Wellbeing (WB). The EuPOLIS project participated to open up spaces for social interaction to empower citizens in decision-making processes. They integrate different voices, point of views, and current needs of the local community, and especially of vulnerable groups tending to be traditionally excluded from co-creation processes.

 

Placemaking and Tactical Urbanism in Public Spaces - Session 2

Webinar

Placemaking and Tactical Urbanism in Public Spaces Tuesday 16.05.2023 Venue: Online (Zoom link will be sent after registration) 08:00 AM – 09:30 AM (IRL) / 09:00 – 10:30 (CEST) / 16:00 – 17:30 (Korea) Over the past decade, the concept of tactical urbanism (also known as “urban prototyping”) has gained a strong pace in many cities around the globe. Pedestrian plazas, pop-up bike lanes, pop-up parks and innovative playgrounds are just some of the examples developed by city authorities and...
Webinar. From Grey to Green: Torino’s Rebirth through Urban Regeneration & Social Innovation

Webinar

The webinar "From Grey to Green: Torino’s Rebirth through Urban Regeneration & Social Innovation” organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sougth to share insights about the transformation of Torino which used to be known as the “City of the Automobile of Italy” to a city renown for design, culture, innovation, social inclusion and sustainability. The webinar provided a preview of the city to the delegates that participated in the Torino’s Cities Forum. Space The...
Takeaways. Right to Green: Building parks through Community Engagement. Case Studies from Barranquilla, Essen, and Fortaleza

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The webinar “Right to Green: Building parks through Community Engagement. Case Studies from Barranquilla, Essen, and Fortaleza” organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sougth to open up a technical discussion on the provision of inclusive access to green areas in cities. Three international experiences on the creation of micro-parks and the implementation of greening strategies, with strong participatory methodologies and community engagement approaches, were discussed to highlight opportunities and challenges. These include:

Webinar. Right to Green: Building parks through Community Engagement. Case Studies from Barranquilla, Essen, and Fortaleza

Webinar

The webinar "Right to Green: Building parks through Community Engagement. Case Studies from Barranquilla, Essen, and Fortaleza” organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sougth to open up a technical discussion on the provision of inclusive access to green areas in cities. Three international experiences on the creation of micro-parks and the implementation of greening strategies, with strong participatory methodologies and community engagement approaches, were discussed to highlight opportunities and challenges. Space The full agenda...
Takeaway. Costal Cities & Blue Economy: Local experiences from Piraeus, Barranquilla and Genoa

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Different perspectives on the Blue Economy concept and reflections on the importance of the sea and coastal borders as a platform to generate social benefits, economic development, and environmental sustainability.

Low-Emission Zones- Addressing Air Quality, Reducing Congestion & Increasing Economic and Racial Equity

Webinar

During our second Sustainable Urban Mobility and Transport session, you will learn from Jacob Mason from ITDP what low-emission zones (LEZ) are and what can make them more successful. Hear directly from Jordi Jové from the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, Spain, how they were able to implement their expansive LEZ and considerably reduced private vehicles and greenhouse gas emissions, and gain insights from Lidia Henderson from WRI on how to address the challenges to implement a LEZ in your city....
Fostering Social Cohesion & Community Engagement through Urban Agriculture and Green Spaces

Webinar

Nature-Based solutions have become an essential part of climate action plans. Beyond their environmental impact, these projects and programs are an opportunity to foster social cohesion and promote community engagement. In this session, the O’Brien Farm in St John’s, Canada, will explain their program, School to Farm, and present their Farm Incubation program, which supports new farming businesses. The Farm Borg project in Rimini, Italy, will present how they create gardens to promote socialization and participation in joint initiatives, develop...
Takeaway. Vénkert community garden in Debrecen

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The Vénkert community garden in Debrecen is an example of greening and recovery of unused gray areas, by transforming them into gardens that produce healthy organic food while strengthening the sense of community. The city of Debrecen help gardeners with raised beds, irrigation infrastructure and seeds. 

Public Transport Towards a 2030 Zero Emissions Target

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On February 2023, Miguel Ángel Ania’s presentation provided an overview of the evolution of Zaragoza’s public transport strategy to reduce emissions significantly. He spoke about the economic feasibility of the tram and the city’s move towards electric and hydrogen-fueled buses.The keynote presentation was followed by short interventions by representative from Madrid, Metropolis GZM, Ottawa, San Diego, Santa Monica, and Umea who talked about challenges, successes, and strategies related to public transport and low emission delivery zones.

IURC Ottawa Waste Management and Circular Economy Event Takeaways

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IURC NA, in partnership with the City of Ottawa and the EU-funded project Reducing Plastic Waste in Canada, held on June 2nd and 3rd, 2022, the Waste Management & Circular Economy Networking Event in Ottawa, Canada. Approximately 50 representatives from Spain, Poland, Italy, the USA, and Canada gathered to work on managing plastic at various levels of government level, developing strategies to enhance recycling, and generating energy from multiple sources of waste. These are the takeaways.

Takeaways Kansas City Renovation Wave Networking Event

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IURC NA, in partnership with Climate Action KC and GCoM USA, held on April 7th and 8th, 2022, the Renovation Wave Networking Event in Kansas City, USA. Approximately 40 representatives from Portugal, Dortmund, Poland, Belgium, the US, and Canada gathered to work on making buildings more energy-efficient, tackling energy poverty, and creating green jobs. These are the takeaways.

Sustainable Urban Mobility and Transport Event in Zaragoza

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The fourth IURC-NA Thematic Networking event, Sustainable Urban Mobility & Transport (SUMT), took place in Zaragoza on the 10th – 11th of November 2022, in coordination with the host city of Zaragoza, Spain. Participating cities created professional connections and networks while sharing knowledge to advance public transport for zero emissions, shared & micro-mobility strategies, and reducing the use of single occupancy private vehicles. The following insights were shared by a cohort of 13 cities from Europe, Canada, and the US.

Urban Regeneration in Sao Paulo: New Waterfront as Possibilities for Transformation

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Lessons Learned from Sao Paulo

Retrofitting Social Houses and Buildings

Webinar

This first online session of our Renovation Wave series will feature Dan Dicaire, Manager of Energy and Sustainability, and Melissa Jort-Conway, Planner II in Climate Change and Resiliency, both from the City of Ottawa. They will share their role in the Race to Zero to eliminate Ottawa’s GHG emissions by 2040, including the retrofit strategy for OCH’s 15,000 units and several projects which hold the blueprints to eliminating GHG emissions from their entire portfolio. We will talk about financing, long-term...
Report on 1st MUFPP Asia Pacific Regional Forum - Bandung

Reports

With support from the European Union, the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) Secretariat, the City of Bandung, and the University of Parahyangan co-organised the 1st MUFPP Asia Pacific Regional Forum on 3-4 August 2022 in support of Indonesia’s U20 Mayors Summit and G20 Summit, held at the end of August and in mid-November this year respectively.

 

This report provides an overview of the Pact and summarises key points from the event.

Capacity Building on Regenerative Design by ACCIONA

Webinar

The online Capacity Building on Regenerative Design by ACCIONA, organised by the IURC Central Coordination Services in coordination with the Geographical Areas in two sessions (morning for Asia & Australasia and China; afternoon for Latin America and North America) aimed to support our worldwide pairings and clusters to path the way of their ongoing projects during the last year of the programme. The training was conducted on March 7th 2023 and welcomed more than 75 participants from all around the...
Webinar. Costal Cities & Blue Economy: Local experiences from Piraeus, Barranquilla and Genoa

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The webinar "Costal Cities & Blue Economy: Local experiences from Piraeus, Barranquilla and Genoa” organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sougth to explore different perspectives on the Blue Economy concept and reflect on the importance of the sea and coastal borders as a platform to generate social benefits, economic development, and environmental sustainability. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the takeaways here Space Download the presentations here Space Read...
Webinar. Participatory Planning & Community Engagement: Towards More Socially Inclusive Cities

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Thw webinar “Participatory Planning & Community Engagement: Towards More Socially Inclusive Cities” organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sought to share challenges, opportunities, and strategic tools for developing and implementing participatory planning processes and community engagement. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from the event here
Webinar. Gender & Planning: Towards more inclusive cities

Webinar

This  event was organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme. It's objective was to discuss the role of urban planning in either reproducing or deconstructing gender inequalities in cities and showing how adapting urban environments to a variety of needs and identities can contribute to necessary social, sustainable, and economic transformation. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from the event here  
Webinar. Urban Commons: experiences from Naples, Manaus, and Sao Paulo

Webinar

The webinar was organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme with the objective of present the experience of rehabilitation of abandoned historic buildings in city centers and its challenges. The topic is of great interest, since  historic centers concentrate a large number of heritage buildings, which, in many cases, remain disabled and unusable for years. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from...
Placemaking and Tactical Urbanism in Public Spaces

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This thematic cluster webinar is a part of International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Asia & Australasia, which aims to further urban and regional cooperation in the fields of sustainable urban development and innovation between EU and non-EU cities. The activity is in addition to the ongoing bilateral discussions among pilot cities. Within the IURC thematic network n°2 “Urban and Regional Renewal”, this webinar will narrow in on Tactical Urbanism in Public Spaces.   Over the past decade, the concept...
Webinar. Urban agriculture

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Organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme, the event discussed the transformative potential of urban agriculture, as a catalyst of environmental transition and social inclusion. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from the event here 
Webinar. Inclusive recycling

Webinar

The webinar "Inclusive recycling " organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme introduced inclusive recycling and the potential of integrating the empowerment of vulnerable women with sustainable practices that incorporate technology and both financial and mobility solutions. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from the event here
Webinar. Mobility Behaviour Change: Promoting Sustainable Travel Choices in Cities

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The "Mobility Behaviour Change: Promoting Sustainable Travel Choices in Cities" webinar sought to highlight the importance of mobility behaviour change for a transition towards greener transportation patterns. Reviewing different strategies and case studies can inspire urban practitioners to develop and adopt nudging strategies and to involve local communities in their green transition.  Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from the event here
Webinar: Financing Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities, Part 2 – The role of development banks and private financing.

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This webinar was the second part of the “Financing Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities” webinar series, on the role of development banks and private financing. The event discussed the role of development banks and private financing in reducing the infrastructure gap in cities while promoting low-carbon investments. space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Download the takeaways here Space Read the highlights from the event here
Urban Renewal Webinar Takeaways

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Takeaways of IURC China Urban Renewal Webinar

Urban Planning and Design Webinar Takeaways

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Takeaways of IURC China Urban Planning and Design Webinar

Bus Trans Semarang

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Trans Semarang is a bus transit system in Semarang City and Semarang Regency, Central Java, Indonesia. The service aims to break down congestion in Semarang and to accommodate commuters to the city center and tourist destinations in the city.

Education, Jobs and Skills Webinar Takeaways

Webinars & Trainings

Takeaways of IURC China Education, Jobs and Skills Webinar

Workshop on Developing Circular Economy Strategies for Your City

Webinar

In this interactive workshop, Circular Economy Expert Erin Kennedy from Metabolic – a Netherlands-based organization who has over a decade of experience advising businesses, governments, and nonprofits around the world on how to thrive in a circular economy – will offer practical advice and strategies to help cities develop and implement their circular economy plans. Download: Miro Board
Launching Mobility as a Service [MaaS] in Your City

Webinar

Hear from Pittsburgh’s experience planning and implementing Move PGH, the first MaaS system in the US. Through the creation of the Pittsburgh Mobility Collective (PMC), the city brought together a wide range of stakeholders that, instead of competing, are now working together to bring Pittsburgh a greater variety of transportation options. The change makes it easy for residents to locate mobility hubs, find transportation and mobility options and pay for services seamlessly through one app. As a result, there is...
Buruan SAE - Integrated Urban Gardening Programme in Bandung City of Indonesia

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With the amount of food imports from outside the city being as high as 96%, Bandung City established in 2020 the Buruan SAE programme to improve urban food security.

What Do Businesses Need From Cities? A Roundtable On How Cities Can Support Circularity

Webinar

You are invited to the second session of the Cities Supporting Cities Towards Circular Economy Concepts, Frameworks, and Actions series of masterclasses. In this second session of the IURC-NA Cities Supporting Cities Towards a Circular Economy series: participants will learn how policies, interventions, and strategies from the city government can support industrial manufacturing operations to implement circular business practices. During this interactive session, participants will get the opportunity to ask questions to representatives from several leading companies and better understand...
MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training: Food Waste

Webinar

Thursday, 15 December 2022, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Bangkok | 1:00-2:30 p.m. Singapore Check your local time here.   The MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training is a series of 6 webinars developed by the MUFPP Secretariat and the IURC programme to enrich the knowledge of Asia Pacific cities on food policy development.   Following the MUFPP recommended actions, there are many options at disposal for cities: raising awareness on food loss and waste, recovering and redistributing food still fit for consumption, assessing...
Where Do Cities Get Started with the Circular Economy? From Framework to Action

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MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training: Food Supply & Distribution

Webinar

Friday, 18 November 2022 8:00-09:00 a.m. CET | 2.00-3:00 p.m. Bangkok   Check your local time here.   The MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training is a series of 6 webinars developed by the MUFPP Secretariat and the IURC programme to enrich the knowledge of Asia Pacific cities on food policy development.   Following the fifth category of the Milan Pact, Food Supply & Distribution, the webinar will present a variety of actions and measures cities are taking to ensure...
Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-food System Webinar Takeaways

Webinars & Trainings

Takeaways of IURC China Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-food System Webinar

Regional Innovation and RIS3 Webinar Takeaways

Webinars & Trainings

Takeaways of the IURC China Regional Innovation and RIS3 Webinar

IURC China Cooperation Webinar: Urban Renewal and Renovation Wave

Webinar

BACKGROUND   In the EU and China, urban renewal has become the major way to meet the increasing demand of residents for urban space and facilities without the expenses of large-scale demolition of existing buildings and urban fabric. Many neighbourhoods and buildings are in critical demand of renovation aiming for healthy environmental quality, energy & resource efficiency, and aesthetics of the built environment.   The EU initiated the Green City under the framework of the New Leipzig Charter, which calls for nature-based...
IURC China Cooperation Webinar: Urban Planning and Design for Inclusive, Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities

Webinar

  BACKGROUND   Around 57% of the global population lives in urban areas, which contribute 80% of the global GDP. Cities play important role in enabling innovation. Meanwhile, urban growth presents enormous social, economic and environmental challenges, which necessitate a new way of planning and design. Urban and transport planning practices are about to change from urban infrastructure design to participatory approach using new and emerging technologies.   The EU implement the urban development strategy through an integrated, partnership, and...
Nature Based Solutions for Flood Management

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The webinar sought to inform/discuss/share best practices on nature-based solutions for flood management. Cities of Rotterdam, Messina, Surat, Kochi, Panaji and Semarang shared their efforts/initiatives apart from two flood management experts.

Post COVID-19 & Inclusive Recovery

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This webinar focused on the ways to reinstate public systems and non-motorized means as better means of city transport in the context of the covid19-induced reduced ridership.

Waste and Energy Management at Ban Nam Kieng Din Restaurant in Bangkok

Webinars & Trainings

Ban Nam Kieng Din is a trailblazer in food waste management in Bangkok. Since its establishment in 2000, the restaurant has been making continued efforts to better manage its waste and energy and has received countless visits from government officials, researchers and other restaurants and businesses interested in circular food waste management from all over the world.

This flow chart is a result from Milan’s study visit to Thailand from 8 to 11 August 2022.

Regions, cities and Level(s): Powering the green transition in Europe’s buildings

Webinar

European Commission webinar on ‘Regions, Cities and Level(s): Powering the green transition in Europe’s buildings’, 12 October from 16:00 to 17:00 (CEST). In October 2020 the European Commission launched Level(s), the new EU common language for assessing the sustainability performance of buildings. The Commission will be running a special webinar at the European Week of Regions and Cities to show how Level(s) can help the buildings sector contribute to EU climate and circularity objectives within cities and regions. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Why attend? -...
Technologies 4.0, Industry 5.0 & Innovation Webinar Takeaways

Webinars & Trainings

Takeaways of the IURC China Technologies 4.0, Industry 5.0 & Innovation Webinar

Circular Economy Webinar Takeaways

Webinars & Trainings

Takeaways of the IURC China Circular Economy Webinar

IURC China Webinar: EU-China Cooperation in Education, Jobs & Skills - New Skills Agenda for Sustainability, Competitiveness, and Innovation

Webinar

BACKGROUND   Both the European Union and China are in a time of transition. The transition towards a green, circular, digital economy significantly changed the way we live and work.  The distribution of smart technologies generated new jobs while some jobs have been changed or disappeared. The demographic change will draw on all diverse talents. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digital transition and also considerably changed the career path of many people.   In July 2020, the European Commission published the Skills...
Nature-based Solutions Webinar Takeaways

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Takeaways of the IURC China Nature-based Solutions Webinar

Tourism and Culture Webinar Takeaways

Webinars & Trainings

Takeaways of the IURC China Tourism and Culture Webinar

Experiences with Solid Waste Fee in Essen and Fortaleza
Experiences with Solid Waste Fee in Essen and Fortaleza: Important & transferable lessons

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Experiences with Solid Waste Fee in Essen and Fortaleza: Important & transferable lessons

Experiences with Urban Regeneration Projects: Milan - São Paulo

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Experiences with Urban Regeneration Projects: Milan – São Paulo

MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training: Social and Economic Equity

Webinar

Thursday, 21 July 2022 9:00-10:00 a.m. CEST | 2.00-3:00 p.m. Bangkok   Check your local time here.   The MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training is a series of 6 webinars developed by the MUFPP Secretariat and the IURC programme to enrich the knowledge of Asia Pacific cities on food policy development.   Following the third category of the Milan Pact, Social & Economic Equity, the webinar will present how cities address inequality and poverty related to the food system....

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Discover the takeaways of the IURC Networking Event: “International Urban and Regional Cooperation to rethink sustainable urban and innovative models for a greener and better future” held at the World Urban Forum in Katowice in June 2022.

Public transport as a key enabler for carbon neutral and connected cities

Webinar

The webinar took place on 23 June 2022. Space --> Watch the recording here Space --> Agenda here  Space --> More information: aamerico@iurc.eu Space Takeaways Transport is one of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy – Europe key sectors, representing the 14.5% of actions submitted by Covenant signatories (Covenant in figures) and the 26% of the total emissions in the BEI (JRC, Covenant of Mayors 2019 Assessment). This is why the Covenant of Mayors is working with a...

Factsheets

Discover the takeaways of the IURC Side Event at the Eurocities Annual Conference 2022.

IURC China Webinar: Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-food System

Webinar

BACKGROUND   Both the EU and China are facing three major challenges in the agricultural sector. First, food security challenge: the EU is part of the global food system, whereas China has a daunting task to feed 22% of the world's population with 9% of the world's arable land. Second, environmental challenges such as soil degradation, water shortages, biodiversity loss and climate change. And third, high degree of urbanization: 75% of the Europe population lives in cities in and 64% in...
Circular Food Waste Community Hubs: Preparing the Pilot Models for Circular Neighbourhoods

Webinar

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 09:00 – 11:00 CEST | 15:00 – 17:00 MYT | 16:00 – 18:00 JST   Check your local time here.   In our first thematic webinar Circular City Hubs: Improving Thriving, Liveable, Resilient Urban Centres on 14 December 2021,  participating IURC cities identified cities as centres for innovation hubs. The outcome of the webinar resulted in 13 IURC cities from 9 countries (Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Finland, New Zealand, Portugal) completing a circular economy cluster spreadsheet for an inclusive stock take....
IURC China Webinar: Regional Innovation & Smart Sustainable Specialization Strategies

Webinar

BACKGROUND   In the past two decades, regional innovation development policies have been widely discussed and implemented throughout the world. It is essential for the national and local governments to develop a strong innovation ecosystem, and react to the growing challenges of societies. Nowadays active circulation of know-how and innovation significantly contributes to the regional development and quality of life of the people.   The EU has implemented the Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS) since 2002 to enable sustainable, inclusive, and...
CIRCULAR ECONOMY REPORT: VILA NOVA DE FAMALICÃO AND SEBERANG PERAI

Reports

Vila Nova de Famalicão and Seberang Perai
Advancing Policies for Circular Neighbourhoods

MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training: Sustainable Diets & Nutrition

Webinar

24th May 2022 9:00-10:00 a.m. CEST | 2.00-3:00 p.m. Bangkok Check your local time here.   The MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training is a series of 6 webinars developed by the MUFPP Secretariat and the IURC programme to enrich the knowledge of Asia Pacific cities on food policy development.   Following the second category of the Milan Pact, Sustainable Diets & Nutrition, the webinar will present how cities can promote sustainable diets, better consumptions and nutrition patterns in...
Profiles of IURC-China Sustainable and Innovative Cities and Regions

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IURC-China Programme promotes the inter-city and regional cooperation, learning and innovation between the EU and China, as well as supports cities and regions in implementing the United Nations´ Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement, and the local development agenda, bringing together 44 cities and regions to collaborate in an inclusive and win-win approach towards sustainable urban development and regional innovation.

This booklet provides information of their general socio-economic profiles, good practices and preferred areas of cooperation.

Financing Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

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The role of development banks and private financing

IURC China Webinar: Technologies 4.0, Industry 5.0 & Innovation

Webinar

Background Europe has experienced four industrial revolutions, each of which involved technology and innovation. The undergoing industry 4.0 (initiated in Germany in 2011) associated with key technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology and artificial intelligence (AI) is affecting a wide range of sectors. In 2021, the European Commission called for the Fifth Industrial Revolution (Industry 5.0), which aims beyond efficiency and productivity for research and innovation-driven transition to a sustainable, human-centric and resilient...
The rehabilitation of Historic Centres to build more sustainable and vibrant cities

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Manaus (Brazil) and Naples (Italy) share common challenges for improving their historic centres but focus on different approaches for citizens participation, financing, and implementation. Discover their recommendations!

MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training: Governance

Webinar

After the success of the introductory webinar of the Asia Pacific Food Policy Training, we’re happy to invite you to the first webinar dedicated to the governance of the food system. It will take place on Tuesday, 5th April 2022, 9:00-10:00 a.m. CEST / 4:00-5:00 p.m. Seoul / 8:00-9:00 p.m. Wellington.   The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Secretariat in partnership with the IURC programme of the European Union is organising an online training on urban food policy through a series of webinars for...
China's Regional Development Strategies and Regional Policies

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China’s Regional Development Strategies and Regional Policies (2021-11)

China’s Regional Innovation and China-EU Cooperation

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China’s Regional Innovation and China-EU Cooperation (2021-11)

Is Chinese Urbanisation Unique?

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Is Chinese Urbanisation Unique? (2021-11)

China - Tourism Trends, Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities

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China – Tourism Trends, Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities (2022-03)

Boost Culture’s All-round Presence in Rural Revitalisation

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Boost Culture’s All-round Presence in Rural Revitalisation (2022-03)

Development Strategies for Culture and Tourism Industry in China

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Development Strategies for Culture and Tourism Industry in China (2022-03)

Zoom-in China Series (4): Opportunities for the European Cities and Regions from China's Green Transition

Training

BACKGROUND In recent years, China has made significant efforts to promote sustainable development and environment-friendly technologies. From 2016 to 2020, the country doubled its investment in clean energy research, and strongly promoted a human-centred, smart approach of ‘new-type urbanisation’. In China, many industries and sectors are developing very rapidly, including digital technologies, green technologies for sustainable cities, green energy, smart transport and services, financial services, medical technologies, and elderly care. In 2020, China finally pledged to reach carbon emissions by...
IURC China Thematic Webinar: Nature-Based Solutions for Circular Cities and Regions

Webinar

BACKGROUND   Strategies and actions are needed worldwide to optimize the infrastructure and resource management to confront the challenges of resource depletion, climate change and degradation of ecosystems.  Nature-based solutions (NBS) and circular economy (CE) can provide tools for this transition. Implementation of NBS, combined with the concept of the circular economy benefits the ecosystem services and returns resources to the territory.  Blue-green infrastructure in smart cities, integrated water management, ICT etc. are considered as enabling tools for NBS in...
Innovation Precincts

Webinar

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 08:00AM – 09:30AM (CET) / 18:00 – 19:30 (AEDT) Moderation: Professor Bruce Wilson at RMIT & Country Coordinator IURC Australia   This thematic cluster webinar is a part of International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Asia & Australasia, which aims to further urban and regional cooperation in the fields of sustainable urban development and innovation between EU and non-EU cities. The activity is in addition to the ongoing bilateral discussions amongst cities. Within the IURC thematic network n°2...
Green Infrastructure Manual - Hermosillo, Mexico (2022)

Case Studies

Green Infrastructure Manual – Hermosillo, Mexico (2022)

Innovative Local Economic Development

Webinar

Please join us for our second webinar presented as part of the IURC-NA Jobs, Education & Skills Cluster on March 17th. This session will focus on Innovative Local Economic Development Programmes & Strategies for Post-covid Recovery featuring presentations from the following IURC-NA cities: - Valentina Ridolfi, Coordinator of Rimini Strategic Plan with the City of Rimini (Italy), will present the comprehensive “Villages of Rimini” initiative that has been developed in the region to reactivate the economy with a focus on tourism. - Ben Seigel, Opportunity Zone and Impact Investment Coordinator with the Baltimore Development...
IURC China Thematic Webinar: Tourism & Culture in Green and Digital Transition

Webinar

BACKGROUND   Tourism is one of the major economic sectors in many cities and regions in the EU and China, with high potential for employment generation. It is one of the major sources of public revenue and for local communities, including local residents and SMEs. However, tourism, converging with the culture sector, has been hard-hit by the pandemic.   At the EU and national level, action plans have been launched to overcome the challenges for the green and digital transition,...
Zoom-in China Online Training Series (3): Understanding Tourism & Culture Industry in China

Webinar

BACKGROUND According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), before COVID-19, the contribution of China's tourism industry to the national economy was 9.3%, which was similar to the EU average (9.5%). The Chinese outbound travel market is notable for its large volume and rapid growth. Tourism from China to the EU has tripled in ten years. China has already become an important force in the global tourism economy. With its rich cultural heritage and natural resources, China offered unique tourism destinations....
MUFPP & IURC Asia Pacific Food Policy Training: Introduction

Webinar

Wednesday, 2nd March 2022, 8:30-9:30 am CET   The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Secretariat in partnership with the IURC programme of the European Union is organising an online training on urban food policy through a series of webinars for MUFPP and IURC cities in Asia Pacific. Participating cities will have the opportunity to showcase their best practices and learn from their peers in the region in the way they use food as an entry point for sustainable urban development....
Webinar. Rehabilitation Strategies for Historic Centres: case studies from Naples, Manaus, and Cienfuegos

Webinar

The webinar "Rehabilitation strategies for Historic Centres: case studies from Naples, Manaus, and Cienfuegos", organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC LAC) Programme, presented multisectoral strategies and lessons learned in the rehabilitation of historic city centres, as a way for integral territorial recovery and revitalization. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from the event here
Public Transport Towards a 2030 Zero Emissions Target

Webinar

In this first session of our Sustainable Urban Mobility and Transport Cluster, we will address the challenge of planning and managing public transport to achieve a zero emissions target by 2030. A keynote presentation by Miguel Angel Ania from the Ministry of Public Services and Mobility of Zaragoza, Spain, will guide us on:   - Identifying the optimum technology for each city’s public transport vehicles, - The relevance of planning an integrated system - Reevaluating strategies for success   Miguel’s presentation will be followed by...
Visual Takeaways - IURC Annual Event

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Visual Takeaways of the Innovative sustainable & carbon neutral ecosystems and strategic sectors parallel session at the IURC Annual Event 2021 (24 November).

Visual Takeaways - IURC Annual Event

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Visual Takeaways of the Innovative sustainable & carbon neutral ecosystems and strategic sectors parallel session at the IURC Annual Event 2021 (23 November).

Visual Takeaways - IURC Annual Event

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Visual Takeaways of the Urban Renewal and Regional Competitiveness parallel session at the IURC Annual Event 2021 (24 November).

Visual Takeaways - IURC Annual Event

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Visual Takeaways of the Urban & Regional Renewal and Social Cohesion parallel session at the IURC Annual Event 2021 (23 November).

Visual Takeaways - IURC Annual Event

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Visual Takeaways of the Ecological Transition and Green Deal parallel session at the IURC Annual Event 2021 (24 November).

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

Webinar

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...
Visual Takeaways - IURC Annual Event

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Visual Takeaways of the Ecological Transition and Green Deal parallel session at the IURC Annual Event 2021 (23 November).

Webinar. Smart Strategies for Equality and Social Inclusion

Webinar

The webinar "Smart Strategies for Equality and Social Inclusion" organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme sought to introduce smart strategies and analyse how innovation and digitalization can promote more inclusive policies. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from the event here
The Role of Municipalities in Promoting the Renovation Wave

Webinar

Date & Time: 29th November (Mon), 10:00 – 11:00 am (CET) / 18:00-19:00 (JST) This webinar will be held as a “Thematic Track 5 (TT5) “ of ISAP2021 which is organised by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Website of ISAP2021:https://isap.iges.or.jp/2021/jp/index.html Registration:https://form.iges.or.jp/webapp/form/11205_zoq_402/index.do?_ga=2.97500191.1236293257.1635726388-1052567314.1597197804 English-Japanese interpretation will be available via Zoom.   For cities to meet the challenge of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, one policy pillar is to promote a renovation wave in buildings, which the EU sees as a...
Webinar: Financing green infrastructure for sustainable cities and regions

Webinar

The event, about “Financing green infrastructure for sustainable cities and regions”, was the first of a series of 20 and brought together international experts from WRI, AECID, and GIZ, that introduced green finance instruments to cities and regions interested in sustainable development, while highlighting the need to shift towards better investment strategies in green infrastructure. Space The full agenda of the event is available here Space Download the presentations here Space Read the highlights from the event here
Kick-off IURC-NA Thematic Cluster on Education, Jobs and Skills: Urban Regeneration & Innovation

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In this first session, we will bring together a cohort of IURC cities to share solutions and learn from one another on innovative, sustainable ecosystems & strategic sectors mostly as they relate to urban/neighborhood regeneration and social inclusion. The City Leader for the Cluster is the City of Baltimore (Baltimore Development Corporation). The 1.5-hour session will include: « A presentation from Colin Tarbert, President & CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), on Baltimore Together: A Platform for Inclusive Prosperity...
Post COVID-19 Mobility: Bringing Back City Transport

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Thursday, 11 November 2021 2:00 - 3:00 pm IST / 9:30 - 10:30 CET   As part of the IURC Asia and Australasia programme, we invite you to our interactive discussion series on Post COVID-19 and Inclusive Recovery. IURC recognises the need to deliberate on the implications of COVID, by carrying out a series of regular discussion events on different urban topics (1. Mobility; 2. Health; 3. Economy; 4. Education; 5. Environment; 6. Gender). The objective is to discuss urban...
Zoom-in China Online Training Series (2): Regional Development

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BACKGROUND Since the fundamental reforms in 1980s, China has experience remarkable transition through a combined process of industrialization and urbanization. The urban population has grown from about 200 million or 20% in 1980 to nearly 800 million or 60% in 2020. That is about 1.5 times the total population of the EU. The growth was largely relying on labor, land, raw materials, and other cost-effective resources to participate in global supply chain. To transform to a sustainable pathway, Chinese government...
Zoom-in China Online Training Series (1): Urbanization

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BACKGROUND In the past 40 years, China´s urban population has grown from about 200 million or 20% in 1980 to nearly 800 million or 60% in 2020. That is about 1.5 times the total population of the EU. Urban development process in China is profoundly different from the urban development process in EU. For this reason, urbanization in China and associated transition tendency is a very relevant topic for EU-China urban and regional development cooperation. The Zoom-in China is part...
Circular Economy - The Journey Begins With Waste

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This inaugural webinar organised by LIFE Initiative For Environment (LIFE) will introduce the audiences to the principles of circular economy from a global perspective, the circular economy journey in Malaysia and its potential and impact beyond waste management. The webinar is open to the public and NGOs intended to serve communities by developing long-term environmental and sustainable development projects in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030. When: Nov 27, 2021 (Sat) 10:00 AM Kuala Lumpur (04:00 AM CET)...
The Future of Food Markets

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Food markets have been among the most affected vendors during the Covid-19 pandemic. These markets have social and cultural importance, as well as holding a lot of potential for sustainability and local economy and innovation. Together with the Inter-American Development Bank, our International Urban and Regional Development Programme will host a webinar on The Future of Food Markets in Latin America, including some best practices from European IURC Cities Madrid and Rotterdam. We look forward to welcoming you to the...
Green Infrastructure and Climate Adaptation

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Publication by EU Commission, DG Environment

Addressing Climate Change Effects in Cities: Nature-Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure

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BACKGROUND This thematic cluster webinar is a part of International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Asia & Australasia, which aims to further urban and regional cooperation in the fields of sustainable urban development and innovation between EU and non-EU cities. Within the thematic network “Ecological Transition & Green Deal,” this webinar will narrow in on two main topics related to current global issues. The effects of climate change are becoming more pronounced around the world. From the unprecedented, deadly flooding...
EU-Korea IURC Kick-off Meeting

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In the context of the IURC project, the coordinators of the selected European and Korean pilot cities are invited to join a kick-off event on Thursday, 30 September 2021, 17:00-18:00 KST (10:00-11:00 CEST). Agenda • Welcome by Patrick Polacsek, Delegation of the European Union to Korea (5 min) • Introduction by DG REGIO (10 min) • Comments by the IURC team • City Presentations (5 slides): Rotterdam, Dublin, Sofia, Busan, Seoul, Sejong (30 min) • Q&A, discussion on next steps,...
Mumbai Climate Action Plan – Stakeholder Consultation on Sustainable Mobility

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The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) as a part of the C40 Cities Network in collaboration with Government of Maharashtra, WRI, Climate Voices and Waatavaran will organise the Stakeholder Consultation on Sustainable Mobility on 3 September, 15:00-16:00 India time, to seek feedback and recommendations from organisations and sector experts for the development of the Mumbai Climate Action plan (MCAP). Representing the IURC Asia & Australasia project at the meeting will be Ms Prachi Merchant, a Senior Non-Key Expert based...
EU-Korea Cooperation on the Path Towards 2050 Climate Neutrality

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The EU-Korea Climate Action Project closes in October. Join this webinar to learn about the results of this cooperation on 16 September 2021, 8:00-11:00 CET. For registration and the agenda: https://next-ma.eu/landing/eu-ko-closing-event.
EU-Malaysia Webinar: Road to Glasgow/Kunming

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What is Malaysia’s view on climate change? What are corporate perspectives for net-zero emissions? What does civil society think about climate change and biodiversity loss? This virtual conference will generate new ideas for Malaysia to foster a nature-positive and net-zero economy, with high quality and resilient ecosystem services. Make your voice heard as we prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15). ********** Panel 3: Promoting and Developing Sustainable Cities There is vast scope...
Exploring Potential of District Cooling System in Malaysia

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Are you looking forward on the latest insights of district cooling system in Malaysia? You’re right on time! We are having an upcoming webinar titled “Exploring Potential of District Cooling System in Malaysia” on 2 Sept, Thursday, 2:00PM (UTC+8) Malaysia Time. This webinar is sponsored by Pendinginan Megajana Sdn Bhd and hosted by Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA), in collaboration with ASEAN Super 8 - ASEAN TENAGA Energy. The key takeaways of the webinar: • Learn about the status...
Consumer Behaviour Towards a Circular Pathway

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The IURC programme will join the Malaysian Urban Forum 2021 as a knowledge partner with Pablo Gandara, the Team Leader of IURC Asia & Australasia, participating as a discussant in the "Consumer Behaviour Towards a Circular Pathway" roundtable on 8 September, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
Mobilising Indian Cities for Race to Zero

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Organised part of the cooperation between the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the International Urban and Regional Cooperation programme (IURC), the South Asian chapter of the Global Covenant of Mayors, and the National Institute of Urban Affairs in India, the Mobilising Indian Cities for Race to Zero webinar encouraged Indian cities to join the global pledge to achieve net-zero GHG emissions and build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for all.
IURC EU-Malaysia Kick-off Meeting

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The IURC Asia & Australasia will organise a kick-off meeting for EU and Malaysian cities that will cooperate within the IURC programme. Joining the meeting will be representatives from Bologna and Imola NCI from Italy; Eixo Atlantico, Vila Nova and Maia from Portugal; and Seberang Perai, Georgetown and Malacca City from Malaysia. The cities will cooperate on several areas including circular economy and will be briefed on pilot projects and action plans that are expected to result from their cooperation.
EU Japan Kick-Off Meeting

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IURC-China Thematic Webinar: Urban Planning on Innovation District

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Leveraging distinctive economic, physical, and leadership assets to grow and cultivate, innovation districts have been emerging in dozens of cities and metropolitan areas globally and helping transform distinct urban geographies into thriving boosters for sustainable development. Introduced by the city of Barcelona in 2000, the 22@district is a new strategy enabling the connection between the local and international communities by providing better integration and increasing the productivity of both communities. Today, this district is seen as the inspiration by more...
"New Green Possibilities" International Online Forum

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In the context of the Bangkok Design Week 2021 hosted by the Creative Economy Agency (CEA), the International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) programme of the European Union and we!park, a partner of the Green Bangkok 2030 initiative of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), will organise a series of activities aimed at advancing dialogue and multi-stakeholder cooperation on green urban development.   One of the activities planned for this event is an international online forum titled “New Green Possibilities”. The...
Tanger 73 Office Building, Barcelona
IURC-China Thematic Webinar: Green and Sustainable Buildings

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Green and Smart Building represents the perfect integration to support the development of sustainable cities. Low Carbon Smart Buildings are the positive catalyst towards sustainability and, even more than energy and technology solutions. The use of vertical green and roof garden offer a great opportunity to change the image of the city toward a nature-based solution for a clean healthy urban life. From the Roman Villa’s gardens to the Blood and Tissue Bank of Catalonia in Barcelona, design and technology are...
GTALCC Low Carbon Cities Webinar Series #4

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Thursday, 17 June 2021, 3:00-4:30 p.m. GMT+8 (9:00-10:30 a.m. CEST) Net Zero: 2050 Low Carbon Spatial Planning In this 4th session of the Low Carbon Cities Webinar, curated by the GTALCC Project under UNDP Malaysia and the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA), we’ll be taking a look at on the the topic of Spatial Planning in the context of Achieving Net-Zero Emissions by the year 2050. Joining with us this 17th of June will be 5 experts, both local...

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