USUDS Newsletter
#53 - February 2020

HIGHLIGHT

Tunis hosts the 15th MedCities General Assembly

On November 28th MedCities celebrated its 15th General Assembly in Tunis City Hall where more than 25 member cities attended. The Mayor of Tunis, Mrs. Souad Abderrahim, welcomed the audience and MedCities President, Mr. Mohamed Idaomar – Mayor of Tétouan (Morocco), - and the Secretary General, Mr. Josep Canals, explained the activities and projects carried out during 2019 in order to be approved. The Secretary, Mrs. Elisenda Alamany from Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona, was also present during the session.

MEDURBALTOOLS

Welcome to the Interreg-MED Urban Transports site: a section in Medurbantools

Under de Interreg Med program, the Urban Transport Community (UTC) have now a specific section in the sharing knowledge website "Medurbantools". This EU Interreg MED community will capitalize urban practices and tools enhancing their peculiarities as a key to implement low carbon transport & mobility measures.

RESOURCES

MedCities Annual Activity Report 2019

This document is the annual report of the MedCities activities during 2019. It was approved by the members of the network during the General Assembly of 2019 in Tunis (Tunisia). This new publication reflects the work accomplished during the last year and defines the political priorities of its members for 2020.

Agenda

World Urban Forum

8 - 13 February in Abu Dhabi

Zones côtières et territoires de l'intérieur de la Méditerranée de l'Ouest - alimentation durable et de l'économie circulaire (Marseille)

16 - 18 February in Marseille

Panoramed and Interreg Med Program governance meeting

19 - 20 February in Madrid

PROJECTS

Urban Transport Horizontal project: three more years to work on sustainable mobility

The Urban Transport project held its first steering committee and officially launched the second phase of the horizontal project, one of the communities of the EU Interreg MED Programme. For the next 3 years, the Urban Transport project will focus on capitalization and transferring of sustainable mobility solutions.

PROJECTS

Biodiversity Protection Community: the next phase has started!

After a three-year fisrt phase, the Biodiversity Protection Community is now fully running in its second phase, gathering more than 140 organisations, from private and public sectors around the Mediterranean.

PROJECTS

Tanger-Accueil- Promotion of partnerships for the reception and integration of immigrants in the city of Tangier

A series of meetings with representatives of the municipality of Tanger, showed the commitment of the city and MedCities to reach the objectives of this important project.

PROJECTS

Assessing and enhancing Al Fayhaa' GIS system

The Urban Community of Al Fayhaa will reinforce its capacity by using IT to manage municipal services through more interactive and participatory technology.

PROJECTS

MedCities organises a two days exchange between Tunisian representatives and their counterparts from Barcelona metropolitan area

Two delegations of Tunisian municipalities, headed by the National Agency for Energy Management in Tunisia, visited the metropolitan area of Barcelona in a capacity-building mission for the exchange of expertise on sustainable mobility and management of public lighting.

PARTNERS

The Center for Mediterranean Integration: New Climate Change Hub

The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) has recently launched the Territorial Resilience to Climate Change Program, which gathers several institutions active in the domain of urban and territorial development in the Mediterranean. The program follows the activities of the CMI Urban Hub, created in 2012 and shifting to a more territorial and climate change scope. MedCities was a member of the urban hub since the beginning and has contributed to the first newsletter of the program explaining the Coastal Protection Strategies for the Provinces of Cádiz, Málaga and Almería Considering the Effects of Climate Change. You can access to the contents of the first edition here.

EDITORIAL

Asima Tunis: to plan a city with its citizens and the Agenda 2030 as a roadmap

Dear Members, in 2020 we, as humans, face the challenge of finding impactful tools to reverse the causes and effects of global warming. States, regions, cities and towns have the power to work with civil society to implement effective strategies to improve the quality of life of people and the quality of the territories in which they live. MedCities has become a reference for local action with a global vision. 2020 is the starting year of the ASIMA Tunis project that aims to set up a comprehensive strategic plan for the city of Tunis by actively involving from the very beginning the civil society through the city council. The intention is to create a replicable paradigm for other Tunisian cities and in for our entire network of Mediterranean cities. ASIMA is one of the 16 projects granted by the European Commission to suport the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda approved by the UN. The 17 SDGs and their 169 targets are a true roadmap and a commitment for action adopted by the global community. The technical secretariat of Medcities is engaged in identifying concrete mechanisms to implement the SDGs that will allow our members to better serve citizens. And as I said at the beginning, doing so hand in hand with civil society is essential to guarantee the success of the process and to make it truly inclusive and open to everybody. Josep Canals, MedCities Secretary General.  

"The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure. Cornelia Funke (German author), from "Inkheart""

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