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  • Habitat III - 29.07.2016

    Local governments acknowledged as distinct group ahead of Quito conference
    CEMR secretary general, Frédéric Vallier, was representing European towns and regions at the PrepCom3 conference in Surabaya, Indonesia from 25 to 27 July. This meeting confirmed that local governments will be visible and recognised in the latest draft of the New Global Urban Agenda in Quito.

    The president of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) and mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, was also in Surabaya, representing VNG, CEMR and PLATFORMA.

    Prepcom3 is the third and last preparatory meeting before the Habitat III Conference (the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development), which will take place in Quito, Ecuador, during the week of 17 October 2016.

  • Solidarity with Turkey - 20.07.2016

    CEMR expresses its condolences to Turkish citizens
    CEMR Secretary General, Frédéric Vallier, and CEMR President and mayor of Santander (Spain), Iñigo de la Serna, sent a letter to the President of our Turkish association, Union of Municipalities of Turkey, and Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş, to express their deepest condolences to the families of the victims that died in the recent events in Turkey.

    CEMR supports democratically elected governments and as such strongly condemns the attempted coup. The Turkish government should use this moment to stress the importance of democracy and the rule of law.
  • UNESCO Learning City Award - 20.07.2016

    Apply now for the 2017 UNESCO Learning City Award!
    The UNESCO Learning City Award is given to cities that have achieved outstanding progress in building learning cities. For instance, this means revitalising learning in families and communities, or fostering a culture of learning throughout life.

    Is your city committed to helping all its citizens learn new skills and competencies throughout life? To apply, send the Award Application Form before 31 August 2016.

  • Covenant of Mayors - 14.07.2016

    Lisbon is first capital city to join
    Lisbon is the first capital city to join the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.

    The Portuguese capital has committed to the Covenant objectives of reducing its CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030, actively increasing its resilience to climate change and helping provide secure and sustainable energy for its citizens.
  • UCLG - 12.07.2016

    European Development Days, refugees, sustainability: UCLG’s newsletter is online
    The latest edition of UCLG’s newsletter is available in English, French and Spanish.
  • PLATFORMA - 11.07.2016

    Local expertise, Urban Agenda, sustainable development: PLATFORMA's newsletter is online
    Read all about these issues and more in the latest edition of PLATFORMA’s newsletter - available in English and French.
  • European Green Capital - 30.06.2016

    A workshop full of great tips for candidate cities
    The European Commission is holding a workshop on Friday 1 July for cities interested in applying for the 2019 European Green Capital Award.

    This workshop will give an overview of the competition, the dos and don’ts of applying, and advice from previous and current winners. It will take place at the European Commission in Brussels, and will also be webstreamed.

    The European Green Capital Award is given to the cities that set the highest standards in environmentally-friendly sustainable urban development.

    For further information and to register, please click here.
  • Citynvest - 29.06.2016

    What is standing in the way of financing energy efficiency renovation of buildings?
    What is standing in the way of financing energy efficiency renovation of buildings? What needs to be done in order to carry out energy efficiency renovations on a large scale? These were some of the questions raised at CITYnvest’s event organised in Milan, on 25 May 2016.

    The intense round table debates led to the conclusion that even though a number of successful examples exist all over Italy, and all stakeholders are aware that building renovations need to be tackled, many investment barriers persist. One of the main obstacles is the fact that the Energy Services Market is not yet sufficiently mature in several regions.  

    For more information, visit CITYnvest’s website.
    All photos are available here.
  • LGA annual conference - 28.06.2016

    Only one week to go until LGA conference 2016!
    Our English association (LGA) will be hosting its annual conference from 5 to 7 July in Bournemouth.

    The conference will gather over 1,000 local government players to discuss key issues such as finance, housing, devolution, health and social care.

    Should you want to attend, you can register by clicking here.

    Join the discussions on twitter with the official hashtag: #LGAConf16


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