USUDS Newsletter
Number 28 - 20/07/2016

HIGHLIGHTS

MedCities participates in the MedCop Climat 2016

The aim was to find synergies to preserve the Mediterranean region and generate proposals so that the 22nd World Climate Conference, which will be held in Marrakesh from 7 to 18 November, may arrive at powerful and feasible environmental commitments to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Resources

Sustainable Development Goals, the new app for smartphones and tablets

UCLG has developed an innovative mobile app, by which local governments can consult information related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of the app is to raise the role of local and regional governments as political promoters in charge of steering the changes need for the implementation of the SDGs in their local communities

Resources

Training course dedicated to local authorities on urban planning tools

To support local authorities in their role as public contracting authority and as major players in development, the CEFEB, the group's corporate university of the French Agency for Development (AFD), the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) propose a training course program in English, aiming at reinforcing specific management capacities of local authorities' staff

Agenda

9th Convergences World Forum

5-7 September, Paris- France

Promote the role of cities: a strategy for Africa

14 -16 September, Accra-Ghana

4th Forum of Local and Regional Authorities of the Mediterranean

22-23 September, Sousse-Tunis

Public policies and Action Plans – Mediterranean Cities and Climate Change

27-28 September, Marseille-France

Lebanese cities

MedCities political mission to Lebanon

MedCities and political representatives of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB), visited Lebanon to meet the recently elected mayors of its member cities in the country and strengthen its commitment with refugees' host communities

Strategic Allies

MedCities and CPRM strengthens collaboration

The two Mediterranean networks of cities and regions signed a Memorandum of Understanding during the CPRM General Assembly held last 30 June and 1 July in the Veneto region of Italy. The agreement focused on the need of sharing strategies, positions and discussions concerning Mediterranean and European policies affecting territorial and local governments 

Bilateral Cooperation

Meeting between the sister- cities of Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

Last 9-10th of July, Mayor Vlahusic from Dubrovnik, received Mayor Ahmet M. Demircan from Beyoglu (Istanbul) and its delegation. An official protocol reception was held in the Office of the Mayor, in the presence of the Turkish Ambassador to Croatia, His Excellency E. Ahmet Tuta and the Honorary General Consul of the Republic of Turkey in Dubrovnik, Ms. Vesna Miovic

Projects

MedCities, ready for the future ENI calls in the Mediterranean

Convinced of its role in promoting urban sustainable development projects for its members, the General Secretariat of MedCities, has immersed during the last months in a process of preparation of several proposals that, if successful, will allow the network and its cities to become active in several urban issues.

Euro-Mediterranean

Building an integrated maritime strategy

The WestMed initiative has recently started Phase 2 of the work plan The preparatory phase of the initiative was finalised during June, with the approval of a report that gives an overview of the feedback received by the stakeholders. MedCities participated in the debates of this phase enriching the discussions on the topic

EDITORIAL

The Mediterranean approach of facing the climate challenges

Climate change is one of the primary challenges that the Mediterranean is facing and will continue doing so in the following years. Desertification, loss of biodiversity and pressure on resources, extreme weather and natural disasters, are only some of the visible signs of climate change. A strong response is necessary from state and non-state actors, including local governments, citizens and local stakeholders. Especially, in the Mediterranean, the need for a regional response to address the global challenges of climate change is now more than evident. The MEDCOP Climate, recently celebrated in Tangier as the continuation of MEDCOP21, and the perspective of a future MED Covenant of Mayors, are examples of this regional approach that puts cities in the center of the fight against climate change. Local governments are being increasing recognized as crucial stakeholders to mobilize, since they bring global challenges closer to citizens, localize national strategies and contribute to specific and tangible commitments. MedCities will actively collaborate with such initiatives and accompany its members in promoting sustainability in their actions. In order to support cities in this process, the establishment of regional climate finance initiatives become necessary with the implication of international organizations and founders. MedCities will actively advocate towards this direction

Climate change is the Everest of all problems, the thorniest challenge facing humankind. Lewis William Gordon Pugh, ocean advocate, maritime lawyer and pioneer swimmer.

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