Launch of MedUrbanTools

The Mediterranean Urban Knowledge Sharing Platform

On June 2018, MedCities is launching MedUrbanTools, the Mediterranean Urban Development Toolbox. The toolbox is a Knowledge Sharing Platform, designed to be a useful and user-friendly database that not only includes technical content but also offers visual materials and best practices, thus promoting urban analysis while inspiring new initiatives. To that end, the platform presents three main sections: Cases, Voices and Resources. Each section includes content relating to 10 urban sustainable development topics, with tags relating the various elements.

MedCities is leading the creation of this multi-stakeholder platform, which involves the network's city members and other notable Mediterranean cities, while bringing together different actors working on sustainable urban development in the region. These stakeholders include members of the Urban Hub of the Center for Mediterranean Integration, which brings together urban experts from institutions such as the World Bank, Cities Alliance, GIZ, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), IEB, UNDP, Agence des Villes et Territoires Méditerranéens Durables (AVITEM) and CODATU, along with MedCities. Participating in the toolbox is also open to members of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development and other partners, maximizing the value of knowledge-sharing.

During this first phase of the toolbox development, more than 30 cities have contributed their successful experiences to the knowledge base. In addition, a number of experts from the region have been interviewed, with videos produced and included in MedUrbanTools, both contributing to the debate and increasing the visibility of the initiative. The objective for the second phase of the initiative is to diversify donors and to enrich the toolbox with the academic and technical expertise of additional Mediterranean local authorities, urban experts and other stakeholders.

Background

MedUrbanTools - A sustainable urban toolbox for the Mediterranean. "Create a sustainable urban toolbox for the Mediterranean, with a view to planning cities that will work for everyone, in order to make them inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" is one of the Flagship initiatives under Objective 3 "Planning and managing sustainable Mediterranean cities" of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) 2016-2025.

The proposal for the creation of a toolbox on urban development addressed to decision-makers - notably local authorities - and experts in the Mediterranean region is being led by MedCities in cooperation with different regional actors participating in the Urban Hub of the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI). It was first presented during the 17th Meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD) in July 2017, and is the first such initiative to have successfully addressed the topic from a Mediterranean perspective.

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