USUDS Newsletter
#42 - April 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

Urban Accessibility in Tanger and Tetouan

MedCities is launching a new cooperation project on Urban Accessibility in the cities of Tangier and Tetouan by strengthening the capacities of the two municipalities and civil society associations for people with disabilities. 

RESOURCES

MEDITERRANEAN HOST MUNICIPALITIES NETWORK - Best Practices in Hosting Refugees

With the Syrian conflict entering its sixth year, disastrous humanitarian, social and economic consequences are visible in Syria, neighboring countries, and the entire Mediterranean region. This unprecedented and protracted refugee crisis is placing an extraordinary burden on host countries and communities. Currently, the majority of refugees from Syria are being hosted in three neighboring countries (Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey). In the MENA region and Turkey overall, 90% of the refugees are hosted outside of camps.

CONGRESS

POST-HABITAT III - The challenges of the metropolis beyond Habitat III

International experts and political representatives from cities and metropolis from around the world will meet at this intenational congress, organised by AMB in Barcelona, to discuss the key elements that must shape the new urban and metropolitan model to build societies that are fairer, healthier, more cohesive and sustainable. "The city of the future must be one that leaves no one behind, regardless of his or her gender, age, physical ability, nationality or migration status" by Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat.

Agenda

Regional Forum - City networks as catalysts for urban development - Programme CoMun

25 - 26 April 2018, Rabat (Morroco)

6th edition of the International Forum of Medinas

26 - 28 April 2018, M'diq (Morroco)

PANACeA Event - Empowering the Mediterranenan Community

16 - 18 May 2018, Podgorica (Montenegro)

International Seminar on Sustainable Urban Mobility - REMEDIO Project

22 May 2018, Thessaloniki (Greece)

MEMBERS

Dubrovnik conference - Sharing the Future of Cultural Heritage

Dubrovnik, MedCities member, hosted the event framed in line with the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

PROJECTS

Reviewing priorities of Lebanese member Cities

The last technical visit of MedCities General Secretariat to Lebanon - March 2018 - aimed to reinforce the role of the AL Fayhaa Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC) and the cooperation with Lebanese member cities.

MEMBERS

High-level Policy Dialogue on Migration and Municipal Finance

Exchanging ideas and exploring possible strategies to address the challenges related to migration, municipal finance and challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), organised by WACAP and Malaga City Council.

PROJECTS

Priority actions to enhance solid waste management capacity at Jordanian host communities

Kick off Meeting of a joint Catalan initiative to address the prolonged consequences of the refugee crisis on the field of solid waste management.

PARTNERS

Speeding Energy Efficiency in Tunisia

MedCities and the Barcelona Provincial Council contributed to the conference, organised by MEMER and ANME, within the debate on the acceleration of the implementation of the energy transition strategy adopted in 2016.

PROJECTS

COOP-VERD Project closing event - Seminar on waste valorisation

On 27th March, the final seminar of COOP-VERD project took place in Nabeul (Tunisia), in order to showcase the experience of the project in promoting sorting, recycling and recovery of plastic waste as part of the optimization of waste management in the city. The seminar focused on presenting the results of the project in terms of plastic recovery and valorisation and improvement of the working conditions of the wastepickers. With the participation of 7 cities of the network and the presence of national agencies and relevant local actors involved in waste management and valorisation, the seminar held an interactive session in order to facilitate the exchange of experiences for plastic recovery in the country.

EDITORIAL

Migration and Municipal Finance in the frame of Decentralised Cooperation

Host local communities in Syria's neighboring countries are directly facing and overcoming a huge range of challenges due to this unprecedented refugees' crisis in the Mediterranean region's modern times. This brings additional setbacks to municipalities, due to the lack of public services capability to attend unmeasured demands and a instable labor market unable to incorporate the increased population. Humanitarian aid was early activated to mitigate the immediate impacts of the crisis, but more efforts should be put to continue building on the economic development at local and urban levels in order to give response to the urgency of bringing prosperity to these vulnerable areas. In the recent High-level Policy Dialogue on Migration and Municipal Finance, organised by the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty (WACAP) and Malaga City Council, under the umbrella of UNCDF, counting with the participation of MedCities, it was ratified that the decentralized cooperation and the city-to-city cooperation are effective approaches to tackle the challenges faced by hosting communities. New cooperation actions shall be implemented to promote social inclusion and economic prosperity in these contexts, where, also, new opportunities would raise by launching consolidated initiatives among local and international stakeholders. Cities have the legitimacy to boost territorial cohesion and local economic welfare, while municipal councils are the level of government closest to citizens, in a good position to tackle this global threat. The Malaga conference is an interesting step on the right direction in order to identify local solutions to this dramatic situation. 

The large city of today has emerged as a strategic site for a whole range of new types of operations –political, economic, "cultural", subjective. It is one of the nexi where the formation of new claims, by both the powerful and the disadvantaged, materializes and assumes concrete forms (by Saskia Sassen, sociologist and economist).

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