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URBACT at the epicenter of discussions on integrated urban development at EU and international level in October 2016


This October 2016, URBACT will be at the heart of discussions on integrated urban development at EU and international level through a series of workshops as follows:

At EU level, the European Commission and Committee of the Regions organise the European Week for Regions and Cities from 11 to 13 October in Brussels.

Under the headline ‘Regions and cities for sustainable and inclusive growth’, some 100 sessions, seminars and meetings will be organised alongside the following thematic strands: Sustained and sustainable economic growth; Inclusive economic growth; Making ESI Funds simpler.

During this week, URBACT organises two workshops on 12 October at the Committee of the Regions premises:

1. Pathways to a circular economy in cities and regions. Organised by ESPON, INTERACT, INTERREG EUROPE, URBACT III on 12/10/16 at 09:00-11:15.

Circular economy is one of Europe’s recent trendiest phrases. But what does it really mean and what is it really for the cities and regions? Unlike traditional linear 'take-make-consume-throw away' economic patterns, a circular economy at local and regional scales moves to a more resilient closed-loop system of local production, distribution, consumption, management waste (with waste becoming a re-usable resource), etc. Over the last months ESPON, INTERACT, INTERREG EUROPE and URBACT, have joined forces to explore and share with participants of this workshop:

  • The latest debate about what circular economy is
  • What this means for cities and regions
  • City practices where circular economy is already applied (local food chains, industry waste, etc.)
  • Steps cities and regions can take to promote circular economy.

2. How can cities use smart technology to encourage a circular chain of local production, distribution and consumption?
Organised by URBACT on 12/10/16 at 11:15-13:00

Open data, match-making applications among enterprises, web platforms for citizens, social media have an enormous potential in changing a city’s local economy and citizens' behaviour to consumption. They provide a better knowledge of local resources available; facilitate connections and collaboration among different local stakeholders with common interests which in turn contribute to a smarter use of local resources and assets. Cities have a key role to play in making these technologies available to their citizens and private sector. Building on the assets of different cities involved in URBACT networks, this workshop will present examples of how cities are exploiting smart technologies, connected to local food policies, enterprise waste and others, in order to contribute to local economic growth. The workshop will also provide guidance and recommendations for cities willing to develop or adapt similar solutions to their local contexts.

At international level, the United Nations General Assembly organises the Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016 with the objective to adopt a New Urban Agenda.

During the Habitat III Conference, a series of plenary sessions and networking events will be open for local authorities and urban stakeholders across the world. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the latest trends and debates in terms of sustainable urban development, including the New Urban Agenda, and what this means for the future of their cities. 

As part of the Habitat III conference, URBACT organises a networking event on 18 October from16.30 to 18.30 at Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana "Benjamin Carrion", about:  Making my city a better place to live: lessons learnt from Europe's local authorities

This event will present the methods, tools and know-how for sustainable urban development put in place over the last 10 years by URBACT, the networking programme for local authorities funded by the European Union.

Through concrete testimonies and good practices from representatives of European municipalities on different topics around urban development, discussions will focus on:

  • the integrated and participative approach to urban development
  • action-planning process
  • monitoring actions and measuring results
  • networking with other cities.

Speakers will present the tools they used for these approaches and reflect on the transfer criteria of good practices to different local contexts beyond Europe. The event will close by presenting networking opportunities between URBACT cities and non-European cities.

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Last modification date: 11/10/2016