USUDS Newsletter
Number 32 - 30/01/2017

HIGHLIGHTS

Training on City Development Strategies for Tunisian cities

MedCities participates in the project "Strengthening and disseminating strategic urban planning initiatives in Tunisia", defined and implemented within the framework of the Cities Alliances Country Program and in partnership with UNDP, FNVT, CFAD, GIZ and CILG -VNG. 

Resources

Publication on SMART technologies and municipal finances

The Uraia Platform publication for 2016 is a guidelines that analyzes trends and opportunities regarding existing technological solutions, available to cities today, and also risks, challenges and lessons learned. Each chapter comprises city case studies, as well as interviews with key actors, and concludes with recommendations about the elements that enable the success of SMART initiatives

Resources

Challenges of Mediterranean Cities

This document is wirtten by Farouk Tebbal, urban planning consultant of MedCities and GiZ, and presented under the framework of the conference "Mediterranean Cities: Space and Territory", organised by Institut d'Estudis Catalans with the support of other Mediterranean Institutions based in Barcelona, such as MedCities. The event was held in Barcelona from 22 to 25 November 2016. 

Agenda

WestMed Maritime Initiative Conference

2 February, Barcelona-Spain

8th ARLEM Plenary Session

22 -23 February, St Julian's, Malta.

Seminar for the 2nd call for Modular projects. Interreg MED Program

22nd February, Barcelona-Spain

Kick off Meeting PANACEA Project

15-16 March, Marseille-France

Members

Sousse signs an agreement with SECO in order to implement its City Development Strategy

A donation of 2.3 million Swiss francs (the equivalent of 5.2 million Tunisian dinars) was granted by the State Secretariat for the Swiss economy for the realization of the first phase of the program "Sousse Urban Sustainable Development and other cities "which will be implemented in 2017. The CDS of Sousse was a result of the USUDS project, led by MedCities and completed in 2014.

Projects

Metropolitan Agriculture for Developing an innovative, sustainable and Responsible Economy

MedCities is one of the partners of MADRE, an Interreg MED Modular project aimed at capitalising initiatives on metropolitan Periurban agriculture. MedCities role in the project will be linked to capitalisation of initiatives and the coordination of the thematic working group on metropolitan agriculture and social inclusion.  

Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development

MedCities participated in the last Steering Committee meeting of the MCSD

This Commission is currently responsible for ensuring the follow-up of the activities of the aforementioned commission that emerges from the Barcelona Convention, the international agreement signed in 1976 for the environmental preservation in the Mediterranean. MedCities is member of the MCSD Steering Committee as the representative of local authorities in the Mediterranean during the biennium 2015-17.

Seminars

Public social policies on new democratic governance in Mediterranean cities

This training and exchange seminar is an activity foressen under the framework of the project "Pact for Social Cohesion in Tetuan", leaded by AERYC with the participation of MedCities, the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona and the Municipality of Tetuan, with the financial support of the Barcelona Provincial Council. It will take place the next 9 February in Barcelona.

Seminars

Safety of historical cities

The International Police Association - the Split-Dalmatia Regional Club (IPA SD) and the Croatian Association of Historic Towns (HUPG) are organizing a conference on the challenges on security in Historical Cities. The Municipality of Dubrovnik, member of MedCities, holds the Presidency of HUPG.

EDITORIAL

Local empowerment in the Maghreb

MedCities is strongly engaged in continue working for City Development Strategies (CDS) in the Mediterranean. An evidence of that is its participation in the project leaded by UNDP and defined under the framework of the Cities Alliance Country Program in Tunisia, with an important accent on training and capacity-building. Training is a key factor to ensure success and autonomy in the process of definition and implementation of a CDS. The empowerment of local teams and also local administrations is crucial to guarantee an effective running of the process. . Some cities have experienced this through learning by doing, but some cities have had the advantage of learning from the others' previous experience. The project that MedCities is running in Tunisia together with other international partners, is also based on previous examples of CDS and the acquired knowledge from them. Others will come afterwards. This will be the case of Libyan municipalities who are already playing and important role in the country's transition. The accompaniment by other cities that have also lived political and social turmoil while elaborating their CDS will be an asset. As expressed in our last General Assembly, the Tunisian members of MedCities are willing to have an active role in this big challenge.

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcolm X, American human rights activist

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