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Updates from ICLEI's Global Sustainability Network
Edition #26 June 2015

 

Gino Van Begin
Secretary General, ICLEI


 

Dear ICLEI Friends and Colleagues,

We are always looking for opportunities to facilitate cooperation and knowledge-sharing between our Members. This month, we are delighted to kick off the EU-Canada exchange section of the World Cities project.

The World Cities: EU-Third Countries Cooperation on Urban Development is a project commissioned by DG REGIO for the purpose of applying the tenets of local and regional cooperation that make up EU regional policy on an international scale. It is a unique opportunity for local governments to share expertise and gain insight from other municipalities that are working in areas of mutual interest.

The project centers on exchange activities between four Canadian cities and four European Union cities in specific areas of urban policy over the course of a year.

Over three working meetings, the cities will seek to learn from each other on a range of topics around resilience and adaptation, ecosystem services, and low-carbon developments. The cities will also consider what they have in common, where they differ, and how sustainability solutions can be tailored to their respective geographic areas and sociopolitical contexts.

The first meeting begins in Toronto on 6 July. We very much look forward to a productive exchange.

For more on this story, and for lots more news from our Global Sustainability Network, please read on!

With kind regards,

Gino Van Begin
Secretary General, ICLEI

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