USUDS Newsletter
# 45 - July 2018

HIGHLIGHT

MedCities provides technical assistance to members

Over the course of 2018, MedCities is developing a number of technical assistance projects to address urban sustainability and city development needs among its members. Check out the projects.

RESOURCES

Towards a UCGL strategy on localizing finance for sustainable urbanization and territorial development

Reshaping local finance is an essential step towards assessing subnational governments' financial capacity to exercise the responsibilities assigned to them, and to design effective and efficient development policies. In fact, the change of narrative around the renewal of local finance is a critical part of putting the importance of urbanization and territorial development at the heart of the development agenda.  

RESOURCES

"Wise Cities" in the Mediterranean? Challenges of Urban Sustainability

"If mayors ruled the world" politics would be more pragmatic, solution-oriented and less polarised, the late Benjamin Barber argued in his famous book of the same title (Barber, 2013). Some of his assumptions were daring. Cities are hardly without issues such as lack of accountability or inequality, they depend on national decision making in crucial policy areas such as migration, trade, and financing, and they have natural capacity limitations when it comes to foreign policy.

Agenda

UfM Thematic Working Group on Affordable and Sustainable Housing

20-21 September 2018, Brussels

Closing Seminar of MADINATOUNA Project

24 September, Tunisia

UfM Peer to Peer Dialogue for Local Authorities Efforts in Energy Transition

26 September 2018, Beirut

MedCities General Assembly 2018

04 - 05 October 2018, Barcelona

Tourism and Strategy Festival in Dubrovnik

7-10 November 2018, Dubrovnik

PROJECTS

3rd Intercity Meeting of the Madinatouna project

Sousse hosted the 3rd Intercity Meeting of the Madinatouna project in order to facilitate exchange between the nine Tunisian cities developing City Development Strategies and move the project into its final phase.

MEMBERS

Izmir hosts peer-learning visit on cultural policies

On a recent visit to Izmir, culture managers and experts from around the world met to exchange knowledge on cultural policy and learn from Izmir's experiences related to that theme.

PARTNERS

MedCities and UCLG combine their forces in the Mediterranean

MedCities and United Cities and Local Governments, the global network of local governments, met at the First World Forum of Intermediary Cities to reinforce their cooperation.

PROJECTS

MADRE final event on metropolitan agriculture

El Prat de Llobregat hosted the closing event of the EU Interreg MED Project MADRE in Barcelona, addressing the issue of metropolitan agriculture within a sustainable food system.

MEMBERS

Malaga hosts course on SDGs and the 2030 Agenda

MedCities contributed, with a speech about the Mediterranean Urban Agenda, to a summer course on the 2030 Agenda organised by the City of Malaga, the CIEDES Foundation, CIFAL and the International University of Andalusia.

PROJECTS

Sousse towards a Solidary Social Economy

A workshop on the Social and Solidarity Economy project of the Governorate of Sousse took place on 11 July, with the Governate welcoming around 30 attendees, with the participation of member cities Sousse and M'sken.

MEMBERS

Tétouan and Marseille reinforce collaborative relations

The Mayor of Tétouan and President of MedCities, Mohammed Idaomar, and Secretary General Xavier Tiana, on the 25 July held a working meeting with the Mayor of Marseille, Jean Claude Gaudin, and the Deputy Mayor for International Relations and Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation, Jean Roatta. In the meeting, hosted by the city of Marseille, both Mayors reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together with MedCities and discussed the priorities of their cities in the Mediterranean region in the fields of sustainable urban development, economic attractiveness and tourism. The meeting also served to discuss the up-coming General Assembly of MedCities that will take place in Barcelona on October 4 and 5.

EDITORIAL

Intermediary Cities and the Chefchaouen Forum

‘Intermediary cities' are those that have a population of between 50,000 and one million inhabitants. According to data from United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), they are estimated to number around 9,000 and, together, they represent 36% of the world's urban population. Intermediary cities perform a role between the rural and the urban, they complement large metropolitan areas, are essential in the organisation of territories and the structuring of economies, and they act as buffers against the negative impacts of exchanges and flows at the global level. The position of intermediary cities – among which we find the majority of MedCities members – is relevant for cities across the Mediterranean given that they share many characteristics and often have significant difficulties in providing basic urban services due to a lack of technical and financial means, and because they often do not receive the institutional and political recognition they merit. At the same time, however, intermediary cities share a real opportunity to be well-placed for development if they have the leadership, skills and knowledge to create the necessary alliances, working in a networked manner at the national and international levels. At the First World Forum of Intermediary Cities, hosted with great success by the city of Chefchaouen between 5-7 July, participants discussed a range of issues relating to localization – through intermediary cities – of global sustainable development agendas. Among the themes addressed in the final declaration approved by the forum were the heritage assets of these important actors, the culture of ‘good living', the fight against climate change and the role of the citizenry.
 

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