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  • G7 - 02.03.2022

    Urban alliance formed to support German G7 Presidency
    The Association of German Cities (DST, a CEMR member), ICLEI and the Global Parliament of Mayors have launched an urban alliance to accompany the German G7 Presidency. The alliance will support the G7 Presidency programme and provide urban perspectives throughout.

    The German G7 Presidency began at the beginning of 2022 and will culminate with the G7 summit on 26-28 June in Schloss Elmau (Bavaria). For more information on the urban alliance, please consult the press releases of ICLEI (in English) and DST (in German).
  • European Bauhaus - 22.02.2022

    Win a prize for your sustainable, aesthetic and inclusive projects
    Do you have a finished project or a new concept for local solutions that are aesthetic, sustainable and inclusive? If so, be sure to apply for the New European Bauhaus Prize 2022 before 28 February 2022 at 19:00 CET.

    This prize, which is open to local and regional governments, rewards excellent projects completed within the last two years, as well as concepts or ideas from young talents aged 30 or less.

    These projects and concepts can enter in the following categories::
    • Reconnecting with nature
    • Regaining a sense of belonging
    • Prioritising the places and people that need it most
    • Shaping circular industrial ecosystems and supporting life-cycle thinking

    Winning projects will receive up to €30,000, while concepts can win up to €15,000.

    For more information, check out the guide for applications, available in English as well as other official EU languages on the New European Bauhaus website.
  • Call for contractor - 09.02.2022

    CoM SSA is looking for a contractor to organise events and to work on two studies
    The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) is looking for a contractor to provide support in the organisation of capacity building and advocacy events and the coordination and editorial of two project publications:

    - Local Climate Action Advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa
    - Capacity-building for Local Government Associations: lessons learned

    The bids, and any other communication related to the tender, shall be sent to the e-mail address with COMSSA in the subject. Interested consultants shall submit their bids no later than by 22 February 2022 – 12h00.

    Check the full Terms of Reference.
  • Green Capital - 11.01.2022

    Grenoble was chosen to be the European Green Capital 2022
    Grenoble was chosen by the European Commission to be the European Green Capital of the year 2022. Since 2010 and every year, this prestigious title rewards cities strongly committed to transitions and pioneers of an environmentally-friendly urban ecosystem.

    The official launch of this European Green Capital year, which is organised by the City of Grenoble and the European Commission, in partnership with the Département de l'Isère and Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, and with the support of the French government, will take place on Saturday 15th January.

    Access the event page here:
  • Council of Europe - 09.11.2021

    Recruitment notice: Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
    The Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is looking for a new Secretary General. The role requires extensive senior-level management experience and an understanding of international organisations.

    The Congress strengthens local and regional democracy in 47 Member States in accordance with the European Charter of Local Self-Government and promotes human rights and the rule of law at local and regional levels. To find out more and apply, please consult the Recruitment Notice (in English and French).
  • World Climate Awards - 11.10.2021

    Paris and Samsø are "climate leaders", says UN
    The UN has revealed the winners of the 10th anniversary edition of its Global Climate Action Awards. Among the winners are the City of Paris and the Danish island-municipality of Samsø. The two municipalities were awarded the title of "climate leaders".

    Paris was recognised for its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, to expand the use of solar panels to 20% of Parisian rooftops and to become a 100% bikeable city.

    Samsø, with a population of around 3700, has already become net carbon zero through the use of renewable energy, electric vehicles and biomass.

    The awards serve as another example that all places - urban or rural, great or small, central or peripheral - can do their part and have an impact aganst climate change.
  • Job opening - 15.09.2021

    Call for applications for the recruitment of CEMR’s Secretary General (2022 onwards)
    CEMR has opened a call for the position of Secretary General whose current mandate will end in January 2022. For more information on the position and how to apply, please consult the recruitment packApplications must be sent to[a] by 3 October 18:00.
  • Call for contractor - 14.09.2021

    Mission: research and draft a study on local finances in Europe
    CEMR is looking for a contractor to research and draft a study on local finances in Europe since 2010, including the impact of COVID-19 and the development of green local finances. The work will take place between end of October 2021 and April 2022.

    Interested bidders should submit their bids by Sunday 17 October 2021 at the latest. For more information on the mission and how to apply, please consult the Terms of Reference and the publication's Concept Note.
  • ESPON - 25.06.2021

    CEMR taking part in study on COVID's territorial impact and local responses
    CEMR is partnering with ESPON – the EU research programme on territorial development – to study the territorial impacts of COVID-19 and policy answers in European regions and cities. We will collect information through a survey of our members and gather relevant case studies from our experts.

    The resulting study will seek to identify the patterns to COVID's spread and emphasise both the importance of local governments in assessing pandemic's impact, as well as the role of their associations.
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