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Open Letter on the Summary Report for Urban Policymakers: What the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5° Means for Cities
Dear Colleagues: We are a group of sustainability-focused city-networks, associations and NGOs and international organisations working in and on cities worldwide. We want to draw your attention to a summary produced for urban policymakers, which condenses the latest science published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on limiting global warming to 1.5°C. (+)
The 18th IOPD Conference in Barcelona claims cities as the main spaces for democratic innovation
On 25, 26 and 27 November, the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy held its 18th Conference in Barcelona, which was attended by more than 600 people from all over the world. During these three days, reflections and experiences related to direct democracy, citizens' initiatives and inclusive democracy ecosystems were discussed. The local governments and civil society represented called for ensuring that the mechanisms of participatory democracy do not leave anyone behind: only in this way will it be possible to restore the relationship of trust between local governments and citizens and renew the social contract. The IOPD Assembly adopted the Observatory's Local Democracy Agenda and agreed to strengthen links with the municipal movement that UCLG represents. (+)
In Vienna, European cities call on the EU to ensure powers and resources for social housing
Housing - 10/12/2018
On 4-5 December, the City of Vienna hosted the “Housing for All” Conference, a forum to present a European Action Plan to implement concrete policies for the right to housing. The gathering also kicked-off a campaign by European cities to put housing high on the agenda of the upcoming European election. Vienna, Barcelona and Lisbon, as promoters of the initiative within the Cities for Housing global movement, saw the support of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Leilani Farha. The Conference also offered the chance to participants to have a first-hand impression of the Vienna model of social housing as a public service.  (+)
A new Peer Learning Note about the Amazon region is now online!
UCLG in collaboration with the Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Governments (FLACMA), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Association of Municipalities of Bolivia (AMB), organized last April a peer learning event on the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems to highlight the main urban challenges and opportunities in Amazonian cities. A glimpse into the interesting experiences, challenges and opportunities that were shared and discussed during the peer learning event in Riberalta is now online with this publication about “Amazonian Cities. Peer Learning about the sustainable use of territorial ecosystems”. (+)
Venice 2030, a multi-stakeholder dialogue to improve localizing financing of the SDGs
Finanzas locales, Finance - 27/11/2018
On November 16, 2018, Local, metropolitan and regional governments as well as representatives of national governments, UN agencies and Development banks gathered in Venice to identify and discuss the existing solutions to face the challenge of how to finance the implementation of the SDGs at local level. (+)
8th Africities Summit: envisioning the future for the African region
Africities is the great municipalist gathering of the African Continent. Held in the Pearl City of Marrakech, in Morocco and organized by the African section of UCLG (UCLG Africa). The event gathered over more than 8,000 participants from 53 countries across the continent and it has been the gathering in which the African municipal movement has tackled, with a hopeful perspective, the most important -and even painful- issues of the Region. (+)