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MICHAEL BLOOMBERG LAYS DOWN GLOBAL CITIES CHALLENGE 2021 IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed daily life for people around the world and required that cities do more with fewer resources than ever before. Yet, even in the face of a public health crisis, social unrest, massive budget shortfalls, and mounting climate disasters, local leaders  are innovating and taking bold steps to tackle their cities’ most pressing challenges?
Tim Lucie, CCMA representative on UDITE

INNOVATION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN IRELAND DURING COVID-19

Tim Lucie, Chief Executive of Cork County Council and CCMA representative for Ireland on UDITE talks about how fostering innovation across the public service is a primary policy focus within Our Public Service 2020

Watch GREEN WEEK launch from Lisbon Portugal

Internationally renowned scientists and policy makers will join in a full-day conference to discuss ongoing and future biodiversity trajectories and to highlight its contribution to society and the economy. They will also look at the role this can play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world, bringing jobs and sustainable growth. The conference will also examine how EU policies such as the European Green Deal can help protect and restore nature. The opening of this year’s EU Green Week will also act as a milestone on the path to the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) on the Convention on Biological Diversity, now planned for 2021, where world leaders will adopt a 10-year action plan for biodiversity – a new global deal for people and nature.

DIGITAL MASTERCLASSES: ENGAGING CITIZENS ONLINE

Communication with citizens is no longer solely one-way and top-down. The opportunities given by online communication enable interactive exchanges and direct dissemination of information that overcomes geographical distances. But how can this tool be best utilised by municipal or regional communities? This workshop explores the best practices of employing digital communication to not only inform, but also engage citizens online

ACTING FOR A BETTER LOCAL DEMOCRACY

Local Intermediate Authorities (NUTS III) are the political and administrative embodiment of the principle of subsidiarity. Acutely aware of the growing divide between EU citizens and their governments, they have been at the forefront of the implementation of concrete initiatives aimed at empowering citizens in order to bridge this gap and can therefore serve as an inspiration for higher levels of governments and the EU.

UDITE AND COUNCIL OF EUROPE LAUNCH EUROPEAN LABEL OF GOVERNANCE EXCELLENCE WITH PORTUGUESE MUNICIPALITIES

UDITE – the European Federation of Chief Executives in Local Government was delighted to have hosted today (06/10/20) an important workshop in the Algarve town of Loulé to launch the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) in Portugal. In this special workshop, part physical, part online, Portuguese municipalities were introduced to the steps they would need to go through if they are to secure this prestigious European Award.

IMPROVING CO-CREATION IN PUBLIC SERVICES

"How can users, stakeholders, owners and providers work together to improve the impact of co-creation in public services?" The Horizon 2020 project CoVAL has - among other topics - studied 10 cases in five European countries to gain insights into the conditions and potential for user-centered innovation in public services

EMPOWERING SERVICES

Access to good quality services is key for economic and social inclusion as well as for maintaining and developing cohesive societies. Social services often provide an entry point into the social protection system as well as an outreach and support mechanism to other enabling services.

HOW SUB-NATIONAL AUTHORITIES ACT TO TRANSFORM AND GALVANISE THEIR SOCIETIES AND PRACTICES LOCALISING AND RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT SDGS

This session focused on the key role of the local and regional governments (LRG) in reaching 2030 Agenda promoting public policies focused on city-wide transformation guided by the SDGs and encouraging community’s attitudes towards Global Agendas commitment applied to the local level through DEAR. Our partnership aims to show different experiences and knowledge about innovative practices in the integration and localisation of the SDGs in local public policies.

IUC PUBLISHES BRAND NEW REPORT ON CITY-TO-CITY AND REGION-TO-REGION COOPERATION FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ON A GLOBAL SCALE

The IUC uses knowledge-exchange to accelerate sustainable urban development worldwide and to bolster cities’ and regions’ efforts towards achieving international goals (e.g. SDGs and the Paris Agreement), as well as goals set at the local, regional, and national levels. This is done in a manner that is consistent with – and explicitly aligned to support – the EU’s commitment to achieve bi- and multi-lateral policy objectives and major international agreements.
Great Yarmouth BC

DIFFICULT QUESTIONS LIE AHEAD FOR GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN THE UK

In just a few short weeks the COVID-19 crisis has taken a hammer to an already fragile economy. Very necessary public health measures have placed many parts of our once normal working lives on ice, and we are all uncertain what the economy might look like when lockdown measures are (possibly slowly) removed.

COMMISSION PROPOSES GRADUAL LIFTING OF BORDERS, IN BID TO SAVE EUROPE’S SUMMER

The European Commission on Wednesday (13 May) set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, proposing a gradual lifting of borders in an attempt to kick start a tourism sector hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL?

Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, Europe needs a new growth strategy that transforms the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where