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EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation: Six EU Regions conducted the First Study Visit to Japan

Ivana Rae AlmoraDec 1, 20226 min read

From 13-19 November, the team of the EU regions conducted a study visit to Japan, with a total of 24 participants from six EU regions and the European Commission (DG…

IURC Latin America at 2nd IURC Annual Event in Brussels, Belgium

Ramon ZamoraNov 30, 20223 min read

IURC Latin America delegates participated in the 2nd International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Annual Event, which took place on November 7th and 8th, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. The…

Webinar 10: Participatory Planning & Community Engagement: Towards More Socially Inclusive Cities

Ramon ZamoraNov 29, 20221 min read

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the “Participatory Planning & Community Engagement: Towards More Socially Inclusive Cities” webinar. The event is organized by the International…

Study visit by Melaka’s Historic City delegation to Bologna

David ZellerNov 28, 20227 min read

The IURC Asia-Australasia organised its fourth EU-Malaysia study visit to NCI Bologna during 16-21 October 2022, covering cities such as Imola, Fontanelice, Castel del Rio, Dozza and Bologna.. The Melaka…

Cooperation hits new levels at IURC Annual Event

Anthony ColcloughNov 28, 20229 min read

This programme brings together cities, regions and people from around the world, ensuring that no one is left behind,” declared Normunds Popens Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate…

New Zealand: Christchurch delegation mets counterparts in Brussels, Malaga and Vitoria-Gasteiz

Pablo GandaraNov 26, 20224 min read

A delegation of four delegates from Christchurch City Council institutions supported by Prof. Paul Dalziel from Lincoln University – who coordinates IURC activities in New Zealand – participated in a…

Chennai in Trier: Academic Exchange on Renewable Energy and Waste Management

Siriwat PokrajenNov 25, 20222 min read

The visit of Chennai delegates to Trier, Germany, kicked off at the city hall where the mayor of Trier, Mr. Wolfram Leibe, gave a warm welcome and discussed his city’s…

Watch webinar #9 on ‘Gender and Planning’

Ramon ZamoraNov 24, 20222 min read

On 21 November 2022, IURC Latin America held its ninth webinar on “Gender & Planning”. The event brought together international experts from Uruguay, Mexico and Sweden to discuss the role…

Sofia and Sejong sign MOU to deepen cooperation during IURC study visit

David ZellerNov 23, 20228 min read

A delegation from Sejong visited Rotterdam and Sofia between 6-11 November 2022 via the EU-funded IURC programme. Sejong is partnered with Sofia in the project with a focus on new…

Brisbane in Barcelona: Urban Transformation through the Olympics

David ZellerNov 22, 20225 min read

A delegation led by Brisbane’s Deputy Mayor Krista Adams implemented a working visit to Barcelona from 2 – 4 November 2022. Last year, the Olympic committee awarded Brisbane to host…

Improving food supply and distribution system to ensure food security and reduce environmental impact

Siriwat PokrajenNov 21, 20224 min read

The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) Secretariat and IURC Asia & Australasia co-organised the fifth webinar of their food policy training series on 18 November 2022, focusing on the…

IURC China Lazio Region – Zhengzhou City 2nd Working Session

Keru FENGNov 21, 20223 min read

On 03rd November, the Lazio region (Italy) and Zhengzhou city (China) undertook the second follow-up meeting as part of the IURC-China cooperation working sessions in Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-Food System.…

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EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation: Six EU Regions conducted the First Study Visit to Japan

Ivana Rae AlmoraDec 1, 20226 min read

From 13-19 November, the team of the EU regions conducted a study visit to Japan, with a total of 24 participants from six EU regions and the European Commission (DG…

IURC Latin America at 2nd IURC Annual Event in Brussels, Belgium

Ramon ZamoraNov 30, 20223 min read

IURC Latin America delegates participated in the 2nd International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Annual Event, which took place on November 7th and 8th, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. The…

Webinar 10: Participatory Planning & Community Engagement: Towards More Socially Inclusive Cities

Ramon ZamoraNov 29, 20221 min read

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the “Participatory Planning & Community Engagement: Towards More Socially Inclusive Cities” webinar. The event is organized by the International…

Study visit by Melaka’s Historic City delegation to Bologna

David ZellerNov 28, 20227 min read

The IURC Asia-Australasia organised its fourth EU-Malaysia study visit to NCI Bologna during 16-21 October 2022, covering cities such as Imola, Fontanelice, Castel del Rio, Dozza and Bologna.. The Melaka…

Cooperation hits new levels at IURC Annual Event

Anthony ColcloughNov 28, 20229 min read

This programme brings together cities, regions and people from around the world, ensuring that no one is left behind,” declared Normunds Popens Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate…

New Zealand: Christchurch delegation mets counterparts in Brussels, Malaga and Vitoria-Gasteiz

Pablo GandaraNov 26, 20224 min read

A delegation of four delegates from Christchurch City Council institutions supported by Prof. Paul Dalziel from Lincoln University – who coordinates IURC activities in New Zealand – participated in a…

Chennai in Trier: Academic Exchange on Renewable Energy and Waste Management

Siriwat PokrajenNov 25, 20222 min read

The visit of Chennai delegates to Trier, Germany, kicked off at the city hall where the mayor of Trier, Mr. Wolfram Leibe, gave a warm welcome and discussed his city’s…

Watch webinar #9 on ‘Gender and Planning’

Ramon ZamoraNov 24, 20222 min read

On 21 November 2022, IURC Latin America held its ninth webinar on “Gender & Planning”. The event brought together international experts from Uruguay, Mexico and Sweden to discuss the role…

Sofia and Sejong sign MOU to deepen cooperation during IURC study visit

David ZellerNov 23, 20228 min read

A delegation from Sejong visited Rotterdam and Sofia between 6-11 November 2022 via the EU-funded IURC programme. Sejong is partnered with Sofia in the project with a focus on new…

Brisbane in Barcelona: Urban Transformation through the Olympics

David ZellerNov 22, 20225 min read

A delegation led by Brisbane’s Deputy Mayor Krista Adams implemented a working visit to Barcelona from 2 – 4 November 2022. Last year, the Olympic committee awarded Brisbane to host…

Study Visit of Ancona in Guanajuato, Mexico, Oct 30 – Nov 2

Ramon ZamoraNov 16, 20223 min read

Within the framework of the International Program for Urban and Regional Cooperation – IURC Latin America, financed by the European Union, a delegation of three officials from the Italian city…

Regional Workshop for European, Asian and Australasian city experts in Brussels

Pablo GandaraNov 10, 20223 min read

More than 50 delegates from 26 EU cities and regions as well as from 6 cities from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of Korea and India met on 7…

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EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation: Six EU Regions conducted the First Study Visit to Japan

Ivana Rae AlmoraDec 1, 20226 min read

From 13-19 November, the team of the EU regions conducted a study visit to Japan, with a total of 24 participants from six EU regions and the European Commission (DG…

New Zealand: Christchurch delegation mets counterparts in Brussels, Malaga and Vitoria-Gasteiz

Pablo GandaraNov 26, 20224 min read

A delegation of four delegates from Christchurch City Council institutions supported by Prof. Paul Dalziel from Lincoln University – who coordinates IURC activities in New Zealand – participated in a…

Sofia and Sejong sign MOU to deepen cooperation during IURC study visit

David ZellerNov 23, 20228 min read

A delegation from Sejong visited Rotterdam and Sofia between 6-11 November 2022 via the EU-funded IURC programme. Sejong is partnered with Sofia in the project with a focus on new…

Brisbane in Barcelona: Urban Transformation through the Olympics

David ZellerNov 22, 20225 min read

A delegation led by Brisbane’s Deputy Mayor Krista Adams implemented a working visit to Barcelona from 2 – 4 November 2022. Last year, the Olympic committee awarded Brisbane to host…

Improving food supply and distribution system to ensure food security and reduce environmental impact

Siriwat PokrajenNov 21, 20224 min read

The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) Secretariat and IURC Asia & Australasia co-organised the fifth webinar of their food policy training series on 18 November 2022, focusing on the…

Regional Workshop for European, Asian and Australasian city experts in Brussels

Pablo GandaraNov 10, 20223 min read

More than 50 delegates from 26 EU cities and regions as well as from 6 cities from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of Korea and India met on 7…

Study visit of Rome to Bandung City

David ZellerOct 31, 20227 min read

25-28 October 2022 Through the IURC programme, Rome (Italy) conducted a study visit to Bandung City (Indonesia) from October 25 to 28, 2022. The delegation consisted of four officials, led…

Essen – Grenoble-Alpes Métropole – Toyota – Koriyama Study visit

David ZellerOct 28, 20223 min read

11-15 October 2022 The City of Essen, Germany, and Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, France, sent a delegation to the cities of Toyota and Koriyama in Japan, to explore the possibilities of urban…

Second Study Visit of Ha Tinh City, Da Lat City via IURC to Stuttgart Region, Metropolitan Capital City of Rome, Colleferro and Latina

David ZellerOct 11, 20228 min read

10-14 October 2022 The IURC Asia & Australasia programme’s partner cities from Vietnam, including Ha Tinh City and Da Lat City, just completed their second study visit to their EU…

Brisbane study visit to Hamburg’s famed Wilhelmsburg quarter (IBA)

David ZellerOct 11, 20227 min read

This week the Brisbane delegation visited Hamburg, its partner city for the IURC programme. Brisbane is the proud host of the 2032 Olympic games, and began their study tour today…

Maia and Famalicão visit to Malaysia’s Penang Cities – World Habitat Day 2022

David ZellerOct 4, 20221 min read

A delegation from the Portuguese cities of Maia and Vila Nova de Famalicão held several work meetings in the Penang cities George Town and Seberang Perai from 11 to 16…

Kicking things off: EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation

Ivana Rae AlmoraSep 16, 20223 min read

On the 13th of July 2022, 6 Regions from different Member States of the EU and 5 Japanese prefectures met online as a First touchpoint of the “EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation…

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IURC China Lazio Region – Zhengzhou City 2nd Working Session

Keru FENGNov 21, 20223 min read

On 03rd November, the Lazio region (Italy) and Zhengzhou city (China) undertook the second follow-up meeting as part of the IURC-China cooperation working sessions in Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-Food System.…

IURC Annual Event Brings IURC-China Cities and Regions Closer Together towards Cooperative Leadership

Keru FENGNov 17, 20226 min read

On the 7th and 8th of November, IURC-China city and region representatives met in Brussels at the IURC Annual Event 2022. The delegates exchanged their urban/regional development experiences, found solutions…

IURC China Cooperation Webinar: Urban Renewal and Renovation Wave

Keru FENGNov 7, 20224 min read

In IURC cities, both in Europe and China, urban renewal has become the major approach to meet the increasing demand of residents for urban space and facilities without the expenses…

IURC China Cooperation Webinar: Urban Planning and Design for Inclusive, Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities

Keru FENGOct 31, 20224 min read

The sustainability, productivity and resilience of urban systems heavily depend on transformation through urban planning and design, with the interaction of different stakeholders, allowing for reliable and forward-thinking collaboration among…

IURC China Bilateral Working Session on Sustainable Agri-Food System : Lazio Region – Zhengzhou City

Keru FENGOct 18, 20223 min read

On 29 September, delegates from Zhengzhou City (China) and Lazio region (Italy) participated in a bilateral working session to discuss potential cooperation on sustainable agri-food system. The delegates exchanged experiences…

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

Keru FENGOct 10, 20226 min read

On 28th September, the IURC-China cooperation webinar on Education, Jobs, and Skills invited European and Chinese cities and regions in a collaborative and participatory environment to share best practices for…

Early Success Story from IURC China and Much More

Keru FENGJul 13, 20225 min read

In IURC-China, the European and Chinese pilot cities and regions are facing similar challenges in urban transformation, industrial upgrading and environmental sustainability, albeit in varying social and economic contexts. They…

IURC-China Thematic Cooperation Webinar on Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-food System

Keru FENGJun 24, 20225 min read

On 23 June 2022, as part of the IURC China thematic cluster working sessions, IURC-China organized a webinar on Sustainable Agriculture and Agri-food System. The webinar focused on policies, knowledge…

Zoom-in Europe (I): Regional Innovation & Smart Sustainable Specialisation Strategies in the EU

Keru FENGJun 13, 20222 min read

IURC-China successfully organized the first “Zoom-in Europe” online training session “Regional Innovation in the EU”, on Thursday 02 June 2022. The online training session aims to bring together urban and…

IURC China Webinar | Regional Innovation & Smart Sustainable Specialisation Strategies

Keru FENGJun 6, 20225 min read

On 2 June 2022, IURC China has organised the cooperation networking webinar on the Regional Innovation & Smart Specialisation Strategies. The event involved 14 European and Chinese regions, which are…

Technology 4.0 & Industry 5.0 and Innovation for a Green and Digital Transition | IURC-China Cooperation Networking Webinar

Keru FENGMay 5, 20225 min read

The EU and China share the objective of sustainable green growth. Policies and investments are put in the position to support the innovation in green technologies and the transformation of…

Zoom-in China Series (IV): Opportunities from China’s Green Transition

Keru FENGApr 15, 20222 min read

IURC – China teamed up with EU SME Centre and co-organized a training session on 13 April 2022, which provided the participants with an overview of the key elements and…

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IURC Latin America at 2nd IURC Annual Event in Brussels, Belgium

Ramon ZamoraNov 30, 20223 min read

IURC Latin America delegates participated in the 2nd International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Annual Event, which took place on November 7th and 8th, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. The…

Webinar 10: Participatory Planning & Community Engagement: Towards More Socially Inclusive Cities

Ramon ZamoraNov 29, 20221 min read

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the “Participatory Planning & Community Engagement: Towards More Socially Inclusive Cities” webinar. The event is organized by the International…

Watch webinar #9 on ‘Gender and Planning’

Ramon ZamoraNov 24, 20222 min read

On 21 November 2022, IURC Latin America held its ninth webinar on “Gender & Planning”. The event brought together international experts from Uruguay, Mexico and Sweden to discuss the role…

Study Visit of Ancona in Guanajuato, Mexico, Oct 30 – Nov 2

Ramon ZamoraNov 16, 20223 min read

Within the framework of the International Program for Urban and Regional Cooperation – IURC Latin America, financed by the European Union, a delegation of three officials from the Italian city…

A delegation from North-East, Romania carried out its study visit in Atlántico, Colombia

Ramon ZamoraNov 9, 20224 min read

As part of the cooperation activities between North-East (Romania) and Atlántico (Colombia), two officials from the North-East Regional Development Agency carried out their 3-day study visit in Atlántico from October…

A delegation from Ostrobothnia, Finland, begins a study visit to Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Chile

Ramon ZamoraNov 9, 20223 min read

On Monday, November 7th, the region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic welcomed the delegation of the Ostrobothnia region, as part of the second phase of the International Urban Cooperation…

A delegation from Naples, Italy carried out its study visit to Manaus, Brazil

Ramon ZamoraNov 3, 20224 min read

As part of the cooperation activities between Naples (Italy) and Manaus (Brazil), a delegation of officials from the city of Naples carried out their study visit to the city of…

Webinar 9: “Gender & Planning: Towards more inclusive cities”

Ramon ZamoraNov 3, 20221 min read

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the “Gender & Planning: Towards more inclusive cities” webinar. 🗓️The event is organized by the International Urban and Regional…

A delegation from Piura, Peru carried out its study visit in Extremadura, Spain

Ramon ZamoraNov 2, 20225 min read

As part of the cooperation activities between Extremadura (Spain) and Piura (Peru), a delegation of 5 officials from Piura Regional Government, University of Piura (UDEP) and the Center for Studies…

Watch IURC-LA webinar #8: “Urban Commons, Experiences from Naples, São Paulo, and Manaus”

Ramon ZamoraOct 31, 20221 min read

On October 28th, IURC Latin America held its 8th webinar about “Urban Commons”. The event brought together international experts from the municipalities of Naples (Italy) and Manaus (Brazil), the University…

Towards Sustainable Cities and Regions – IURC Latin America regional event in Barranquilla, Colombia – Oct 20-21, 2022

Ramon ZamoraOct 28, 20225 min read

Link to video: https://youtu.be/SbYe_b7ci6U Barranquilla, the capital of the Atlantic region in Colombia, hosted an IURC Latin America regional event on October 20-21, 2022. The event brought together 40…

A delegation from Málaga, Anci-Lazio, and Barranquilla carried out a study visit to the city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia

Ramon ZamoraOct 25, 20222 min read

Within the framework of the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Programme IURC Latin America, a delegation from Málaga (Spain), Anci-Lazio (Italy), and Barranquilla (Colombia) carried out a two-day study visit…

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Study Visit Aurora, USA, in Bergamo and Rimini, Italy

IURC North AmericaNov 15, 20228 min read

20 – 24 June 2022 The cities of Bergamo and Rimini, Italy, and Aurora, USA, undertook their second study visit as part of the IURC program. Two delegates from each city…

Study Visit & WUF11 Metropolitan Kansas City, USA in Metropolis GZM, Poland

Karen ClawsonOct 31, 20226 min read

29 June – 1 July 2022 Last year, Climate Action KC joined the European Union’s International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) program and was matched with an EU counterpart region as part of…

Ottawa Waste Management & Circular Economy Networking Event

IURC North AmericaAug 16, 20222 min read

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…

Study Visit Madrid, Spain in San Diego, USA

IURC North AmericaAug 12, 20224 min read

31 May – 2 June 2022 Three delegates from Madrid, Spain, traveled to San Diego, USA, to complete their first study visit to learn best practices and share challenges on:…

Study Visit Bergamo and Rimini, Italy in Aurora, USA

IURC North AmericaAug 9, 20225 min read

23 – 25 May 2022 The cities of Bergamo and Rimini, Italy, undertook their first study visit as part of the IURC program in Aurora, Illinois, in the US. The…

Study Visit Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Spain in Boston and Northern Virginia, USA

IURC North AmericaAug 6, 20228 min read

25 – 29 April 2022 The visit from Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), Spain, to Boston and Northern Virginia, USA, was the first between three cities/metro areas as part of the…

Study Visit Braga, Portugal to St. John’s, Canada

IURC North AmericaJul 23, 20223 min read

19 – 21 June 2022 The study visit kicked off with a reception by St. John´s Mayor to the delegation of Braga for an exchange of ideas and proposals for…

Early Success Story from IURC North America and Much More

IURC North AmericaJul 12, 20225 min read

The pairing between Braga, Portugal, and St. John’s, Canada, selected Urban Agriculture as one of their thematic areas of cooperation. During the study visit to St. John’s in June 2022,…

Study visit Zaragoza, Spain in Ottawa, Canada

IURC North AmericaJun 24, 20223 min read

30 May – 01 June  2022 This first study visit between the paired cities kicked off with a reception by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson to the delegation of Zaragoza and…

Study visit Pittsburgh, USA in Dortmund, Germany

IURC North AmericaJun 23, 20223 min read

2 – 4 May  2022 The cities of Pittsburgh, USA, and Dortmund, Germany, held their first study visit in Dortmund from May 2-4, 2022, to share experiences around the following…

Study Visit Metropolis GZM, Poland in Metropolitan Kansas City, USA

IURC North AmericaJun 21, 20223 min read

4-6 April  2022 The first study visit from Metropolis GZM, Poland, and Metropolitan Kansas City, USA, took place from April 4-6, 2022. They focused on the following Joint Areas of…

Innovative Local Economic Development

IURC North AmericaJun 21, 20222 min read

Our webinar series on Education, Jobs, and Skills involve IURC-NA cities and key stakeholders in a peer-to-peer learning environment to discuss and share challenges and best practices to build long-term…

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