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  • RFSC - 01.09.2016

    Sharing sustainable concepts at URBACT Summer University 2016
    Our Project Officer for the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC), Pedro Bizarro, was in Rotterdam from 24 to 26 September to take part in URBACT Summer University 2016.

    The URBACT Summer University was an opportunity to connect with people working on urban matters all over Europe, and to see how RFSC can help URBACT projects, for example, in terms of integrated and sustainable urban development.

    For more information, visit the URBACT Summer University website here.
  • Covenant of Mayors - 30.08.2016

    Urban adaptation to climate change: register now for the info event
    The Covenant of Mayors is organising an information event for city representatives on urban adaptation to climate change. “Supporting local climate solutions – Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in practice: adaptation in the spotlight” will take place on 12 October from 9 am to 1.30 pm, at the European Commission in Brussels.

    What is urban adaptation exactly? How can local governments integrate adaptation and mitigation? What challenges lie ahead in terms of climate adaptation? All these questions and more will be addressed during the event.

    Register for the event here.

  • Better regulation - 25.08.2016

    Improving EU legislation: the local and regional perspective
    The Committee of the Regions has come out in general support of the European Commission’s approach to improving EU legislation, from a local and regional perspective. Namely, the Committee finds the Commission "recognises the specific role played by local and regional authorities in a range of areas affected substantially by EU regulation".

    Specifically, CIVEX, the Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs, has published a draft opinion on REFIT – the European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme, that aims to keep EU law simple and efficient.

    Amendments can be submitted until 2 September.
  • World Mayor 2016 - 17.08.2016

    Nominate your candidate for the World Mayor Prize
    Nominate the mayor of your choice for the 2016 World Mayor Prize.

    This year, the theme for the World Mayor Prize is migrants and refugees. The winner will be a mayor “whose city has done the most to welcome immigrants and has used their skills to enrich and diversify society culturally, economically and socially.”

    Everyone is free to nominate a mayor, whether they are from a big city or a small town, as long as they can explain why they deserve the World Mayor Prize.

    If you would like to nominate a mayor for this prize, please fill in the following form.
  • C40 - 09.08.2016

    ​Anne Hidalgo elected as new President of the largest network of the world’s megacities
    The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, was elected new president of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Groupon on Monday 8 August. The C40 gathers 83 of the world’s biggest cities committed to addressing climate change. She will hold this position for three years.  

    Anne Hidalgo, who is also president of UCLG Standing committee on gender equality, will be the first woman chair of this organisation.  
  • CGLU Afrique - 04.08.2016

    Offre d’emploi : Project Officer : Convention des maires pour l’Afrique Sub-saharienne
    Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’Afrique (CGLU Afrique) cherche un Project Officer pour la Convention des maires pour l’Afrique Sub-saharienne. Le poste sera basé à Accra, au Ghana.

    Veuillez cliquer ici pour plus de détails.

    Date limite de candidature : vendredi 12 août 2016
  • COP22 - 03.08.2016

    Ambitious targets, local solutions - CEMR responds to Global Climate Action Agenda consultation
    We want concrete and ambitious targets to fight climate change and protect the environment. The best way to do so is by listening and giving flexibility to towns and regions.

    That’s the essence of the response CEMR and PLATFORMA have sent to the consultation led by UNFCCC on the global roadmap for the Global Climate Action Agenda, ahead of COP22 in Marrakesh.

    COP21 was a success for towns, regions and the climate – we want COP22 to follow the same path.

    You can find the full response here.
  • Brexit - 02.08.2016

    LGA launches Brexit news bulletin
    Our English association, LGA, has just launched a Brexit bulletin.

    The bulletin updates on the role councils are playing in negotiating Britain's exit from the EU.

    You can sign up to the bulletin via this link.
  • Urban Agenda for the EU - 01.08.2016

    CEMR’s voice on Urban Agenda gets heard in Germany
    CEMR’s Executive Director of European Affairs, Angelika Poth-Mögele, wrote an article on how CEMR supports partnerships for the Urban Agenda for the EU in the latest issue of Europa kommunal, CEMR’s German association’s (RGRE) magazine.

    CEMR has been playing a key role in the development of the Urban Agenda for the EU since the beginning; and will continue to make sure there will be greater coherence in EU policies that affect urban areas, namely, by ensuring there is an urban dimension in EU policies and by involving them when shaping EU legislation.


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