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Habitat III - 26.10.2016
CEMR secretary general Frédéric Vallier made a statement on this topic: "the journey towards the adoption of the global New Urban Agenda ended with the adoption of a text that respects the main positions held by local governments and their associations*. For this reason, CEMR is proud to have represented European towns and regions in these negociations."
Concerning the implementation of the global agenda, Frédéric Vallier pointed out the need to continue in the same direction:
"The implementation of the proposals included in the text will have to be done in partnership with all spheres of governance, from the local to the global level. CEMR will be paying attention that towns and regions' needs are taken into account. PLATFORMA, for its part, will be an essential tool to offer cooperation programmes aiming to guarantee the success of this agenda everywhere in the world."
European Green Capital - 11.10.2016
It’s one thing to see the policy on paper, but what does it look like on the ground? European Green Capital and European Green Leaf have published their Good Practices report, with a great number of examples from European cities implementing sustainable urban planning.
From energy coaching to tap water promotion, find inspiration from great sustainable urban planning projects all around Europe here.
CITYnvest - 05.10.2016newsletter.
RFSC - 30.09.2016newsletter.
Refugees and Migration - 20.09.2016
Among other priorities for local and regional governments, the Task Force also discussed the common European asylum policy, the integration of third country nationals, and the Urban Agenda.
At the meeting, representatives from the European Commission, the OECD and the city of Amsterdam were namely present.
e-Democracy - 08.09.2016
CEMR and the OLA network (Observatory on Local Autonomy) are calling for papers on the joint conference they are organising in Lille and Brussels in September 2017: "Democratic and Electronic Changes in Local Public Action in Europe: REvolution or E-volution?"
If you think you are up to the challenge, send your paper to Ms Line Salmon-Legagneur (email@example.com) by 19 September 2016. You can find the full version of the call with more details here. For further information, please contact CEMR Research and Studies Officer, Nathalie Noupadja: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equality - 07.09.2016SALAR, was one of the first member associations to sign CEMR’s Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. They held a celebration yesterday for the 10th anniversary of the Charter.
The Charter has now has been signed by over 1,600 towns and regions in Europe – and over one hundred of those are in Sweden.
PLATFORMA - 07.09.2016English and French.
Access City Award 2017 - 05.09.2016Access City Award.
This European award is for cities that strive to guarantee equal access to fundamental rights and quality of city life to everyone – regardless of age, mobility or ability.
The first, second and third prize plus two special mentions (access to work and accessible smart cities) will be announced at the European Day of People with Disabilities Conference in Brussels on 29 November 2016
The deadline for applications is 8 September 2016.
See here for more information.
Pierre Vander Auwera
Adviser – Communication
Tel. : + 32 2 500 05 41
Skype : pierre_vda
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