USUDS Newsletter
Number 26 - 05/05/2016

HIGHLIGHTS

MedCities Publication "Historic city centres : Heritage, innovation and social cohesion"

This publication is the result of the seminar celebrated during the MedCities Annual Conference held in Dubrovnik on the 10th November 2015. The seminar was addressed to representatives of local administrations in the Mediterrranean and the Adriatic region. The present document aims at synthetizing the reflections and conclusions shared by the participants. Currently, it is available in French and in the following weeks there will be the English version

Resources

Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities (CES-MED) project

CES-MED project is an EU-funded regional initiative set up to provide training and technical assistance support to Local and National Authorities in the southern Mediterranean region; with a view to help them respond more actively to sustainable policy challenges.The project published bilingual country-specific newsletters for six of the countries covered by itself. These are Israel, Palestine, Tunisia, Lebanon, Algeria and Morocco, and editions for the remaining countries will follow shortly. 

Strategies

City of Byblos releases the first Comprehensive Resilience Strategy in the Middle East

The Municipality of Jbeil- Byblos has launched its resilient strategy with the support of "100 Resilient Cities" program, and funded by the "Rockefeller" Foundation. The plan is an actionable strategy for the city to tackle numerous vital issues, including building a digital infrastructure, managing safety risks, threats and civil unrest, protecting the city's historical assets and strengthening the city's role in regional economic development.

Agenda

II Mediterranean Tourism Meeting

Sitges- Spain, 12 May

Smart City Expo Casablanca

18-19 May, Casablanca- Morocco

Third International Conference of the International Association of Cultural and Digital Tourism

Athens, Greece, 19-21 May

Workshop "Tourism and Sustainable Development"

Marseille- France, 23-24 May

Regional Workshop: Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis

Amman-Jordan, 30-31 May

Alliances

Barcelona reinforces its commitment with the Mediterranean

Mr. Alfred Bosch, Vice- President of Barcelona Metropolitan Area (BMA), Mr. Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secretary of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), and Mr. Xavier Tiana, MedCities Secretary General, met in Barcelona to discuss on the challenges on working for sustainable development in the Mediterranean

KTC Al Fayhaa

The role of local development offices in Lebanese municipalities

The Institute of Social Sciences at the Lebanese University in collaboration with the Union of Municipalities of Al Fayhaa, organized a workshop entitled "The role of local development offices in Lebanese municipalities" as part of RECONET project funded by the European Union

KTC Sfax

Study on the cultural and touristic value of the buildings of the Sfax Medina

The KTC of Sfax launched a tender for the development of a study aiming at the cultural and touristic value of the buildings in the medina of Sfax. This is an activitie foreseen in the project of Consolidation of the KTCs, funded by the Municipality of Barcelona and Barcelona Metropolitan Area

Dubrovnik

Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic received a high level award in Croatian Parliament

Mufti Dr. Aziz ef. Hasanovic, President of the Meshihat of Islamic Community in Croatia, presented Mayor Andro Vlahusic with an award recognizing the Mayor's exceptional contribution to the development and strengthening of religious diversity and cultural identity, particularly regarding the Muslim community in Croatia

European Policies

MedCities participates in the structured dialogue with the European Commission

Last 26 april, MedCities' Secretariat participated in the first annual meeting of the Structured Dialogue of the European Commission with the group of experts in European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). This event represented the fourth meeting since the group was created in 2014

International Organisations

Barcelona Declaration for Habitat III on Public Spaces

Last 4-5 April, a thematic meeting on Public Spaces in the frame of HABITAT III, took place in Barcelona.  The event was an opportunity for discussions and inputs among global leaders and stakeholders in the field of urban development, all of which help shape the New Urban Agenda for a sustainable urban future. The result was the Barcelona Declaration

EDITORIAL

Further decentralisation of MedCities for a better support to the cities

Last 27th and 28th April, the General Secretariat of MedCities held an internal meeting in Barcelona, with representatives of the territorial antennas in the Maghreb, led by Sfax, and the Mashreq, led by Al Fayhaa. The aim was to analyse together the major challenges of the network and discuss on the planning of the future activities. Such an exercise was a step forward for the decentralisation of the structure of the association. It also allowed to integrate the actions and activities of the territorial antennas in the general working plan of MedCities. The presence of the KTC representatives and municipal representatives also enabled to work together for the definition of future project ideas. In that sense, the call for projects of the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin programme of the EU foreseen at the end of the year, is a clear priority for the Association. MedCities considers this call to be of strategic importance for the engagement in new projects and the fulfilment of the needs of its members. MedCities has launched an internal process for exchanging ideas and reflections on the priorities, together with the KTCs and some of our partners such as the city of Marseille, the CIEDES Foundation and the city of Larnaka. Henceforth, MedCities will work intensively for a better understanding of this programme by the members of the network

Collaboration divides the task and multiplies the success. Anonymous

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