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COP22 - 03.08.2016
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 - 02.08.2016LGA, 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 - 01.08.2016Europa 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.
Habitat III - 29.07.2016PrepCom3 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 - 20.07.2016Union 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 - 20.07.2016UNESCO 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 - 14.07.2016Covenant 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 - 12.07.2016English, French and Spanish.
PLATFORMA - 11.07.2016English and French.
Pierre Vander Auwera
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