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ICLEI in Europe News
February 2018 www.iclei-europe.org

Dear Members, Partners and Friends of ICLEI,

We are pleased to send you the latest news on ICLEI in Europe and our partners for urban sustainability!

You can also read these news articles and find more information on the topics at www.iclei-europe.org.

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  1. Transformative Action Award - transformation that impacts on people
  2. ICLEI Member News
  3. Defining ‘resilient’ in Kristiansand
  4. Freiburg hosts first meeting of ICLEI European REXCom 2018-2021
  5. Bidding for the ninth ESCT conference to close mid-March
  6. IUC programme launches second round of city-to-city pairings
  7. ICLEI Europe expands its topical reach and workforce
  8. 5th European Conference on SUMPs to encourage debate on future of sustainable urban mobility
  9. Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues to support Paris Agreement
  10. Event news
  11. Event calendar

            1. Transformative Action Award - transformation that impacts on people

            For the audience, much of the pleasure of the live award ceremony lies in the reaction of the winner. A genuine moment of joy lifts up the room, and reminds us of the value of recognition and approval. So it was that in front of a packed audience at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels, the winner of the 2017 Transformative Action Award, Nilüfer (Turkey), provided the audience with that transcendent moment – genuine shock, followed by earnest happiness.

            "I would like to thank the jury one by one!" said Nilüfer Municipality Councillor Pelin Sevgi, who accepted the award. "We were competing against some very strong candidates, who put forward very impressive actions, so it’s a great honour to receive this award."

            To read the full article and learn more about the Transformative Action Award, click here.
            Image copyright: Mannheim, Germany. TAaward17 Shortlisted Candidate

            2. ICLEI Member News

            To improve air quality, Tirana tests electric buses

            City authorities in ICLEI Member City Tirana (Albania) are testing electric buses as part of efforts to lower pollution levels in the city. Speaking about the initiative, Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj said: “Instead of filling Tirana with tram cables or technology belonging to the 1970s, we have now decided to develop and move to modern avant-garde technology.”

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Sourced from Flickr



            Vitoria Gasteiz named Basque Country’s 2017 sustainable municipality of the year

            ICLEI Member Vitoria Gasteiz (Basque Country) received the “Sustainable Municipality of the Basque Country Award 2017” during an award ceremony held at the Europa Conference Centre in the capital of Álava (Basque Country). Vitoria Gasteiz received the award in recognition of their strategic approach to sustainability, their capacity to implement policies in a coordinated and cross-cutting way, and for their commitment to civic engagement and participation.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Sourced from Flickr

            Rotterdam releases socially responsible procurement action plan

            ICLEI Member Rotterdam (Netherlands) has released a Socially Responsible Procurement Action Plan. The plan, approved in December 2017 by the Executive Board, describes how the city will put into action the agreements from the Socially Responsible Procurement Manifesto, a scheme developed by PIANOo on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Sourced from Flickr

            3. Defining ‘resilient’ in Kristiansand

            The Norwegian city of Kristiansand suffered from devastating flooding in autumn 2017. Lessons from the floods and participating in the European project Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) are putting the municipality of Kristiansand on the right track towards increased resilience to disasters and crises.  

            "What does the word ‘resilient’ actually mean?” - The Mayor of Kristiansand Municipality, Harald Furre and the municipality’s Emergency Response Manager Sigurd Paulsen have been working closely on the SMR project and on the concept of resilience, which is a new concept in the Norwegian language.

            To read the full interview with the Mayor of Kristiansand, click here.
            Image copyright: By Svein Tybakken

            4. Freiburg hosts first meeting of ICLEI European REXCom 2018-2021

            On 7 February Freiburg (Germany) played host to the first meeting of the ICLEI European Regional Executive Committee (REXCom) 2018-2021. The REXCom represents ICLEI Members from across Europe for a three-year term. The current REXCom is comprised of: Åsa Karlsson Björkmarker, representing Växjö (Sweden); Anna-Kaisa Heinämäki, Deputy Mayor, Tampere (Finland); Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence (Italy); Magdalena Piasecka, Deputy Mayor, Wrocław (Poland); and, Dr Dieter Salomon, Mayor of Freiburg (Germany).

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: ICLEI World Secretariat

            5. Bidding for the ninth ESCT conference to close mid-March

            Cities and towns have until 15 March to submit their bid to host the ninth European Sustainable Cities and Towns conference. The purpose of the conference is to share advanced approaches, useful tools and inspiring ideas for local transformation, to foster governance innovation, and to strengthen local value chains and assets. The event will facilitate dialogue on the local sustainability agenda across levels of governance and with stakeholders from business, NGOs and research.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: ICLEI Europe

            6. IUC programme launches second round of city-to-city pairings

            The call for applications for the second round of the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme’s city-to-city pairing initiative was officially launched on 8 February at the 2018 World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The initiative will see European local governments matched with international counterparts facing similar sustainability challenges from China, Chile, India, Japan, Peru and the United States of America. The deadline to apply is 8 March 2018.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: Sourced from the IUC Programme

            7. ICLEI Europe expands its topical reach and workforce

            The European Secretariat of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability has announced that it will recruit around 15 new members of staff, expanding its total workforce and strengthening the organisation’s topical reach.  The recruitment drive will see each of ICLEI Europe’s three offices gain staff members: the organisation’s headquarters in Freiburg (Germany); the ICLEI Europe Brussels Office, located close to the institutions of the European Union in the heart of the Belgian capital; and the newly-opened Berlin office, which provides a close connection with German political life.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: Sourced from Pixabay

            8. 5th European Conference on SUMPs to encourage debate on future of sustainable urban mobility

            The European Commission’s fifth conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), taking place in Nicosia (Cyprus) from 14-15 May, is now open for registrations. The conference is Europe's leading annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice. It serves as a forum for policy makers and academics across Europe to network, debate key issues, and exchange ideas on sustainable urban mobility planning.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: Sourced from Flickr

            9. Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues to support Paris Agreement

            The “Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues”, facilitated by ICLEI, with the support and partnership of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and UN-Habitat, was launched 9 February at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).  The initiative builds upon the Bonn - Fiji Commitment of Local and Regional Leaders adopted at COP 23 in November 2017 and will be implemented in collaboration with the UN Climate Change Secretariat and the Fijian Government. The Talanoa Dialogue is viewed as a major global push to bring more stakeholder engagement on board towards achieving the 1.5 - degree target in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: Sourced from The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

            10. Event News


            Local Renewables Conference


            The City of Freiburg, the City of Basel and ICLEI Europe will host the Local Renewables Conference 2018, which will take place on 24-26 October 2018, in Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland). Some of the issues the conference will address include: how can we ensure that global energy goals, including the 2015 Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, will be reached? What is the potential of the circularity of local renewables? What transformation is needed in cities to shift to a circular economy?

            For more information, click here.


            CIVITAS Forum 2018


            This year's CIVITAS Forum Conference will take place from 19-21 September in Umeå (Sweden). The 16th edition of Europe's premier sustainable mobility event will bring together the CIVITAS community from across the continent and beyond. Over three days, hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners will gather to debate pressing topics surrounding sustainable urban mobility and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.

            For more information, click here.


            11. Event Calendar


            CIVITAS ECCENTRIC Study Visit
              1 March 2018 – Munich (Germany)


            Smart Sustainable Cities Workshop
            1-2 March 2018 – London (UK)


            Breakfast at Sustainability's: Boosting local progress in city resilience development
            (SMR Stakeholder Workshop)

            7 March 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)


            The 15th Procura+ Seminar
            21-22 March 2017 – Oslo (Norway)


            Open European Day at Bonn Resilient Cities
            25 April 2018 – Bonn (Germany)


            European Sustainable Development Week
            30 May-5 June – Europe wide event


            ICLEI World Congress 2018
            19-22 June 2018 – Montréal (Canada)


            CIVITAS Forum 2018
            19-21 September – Umeå (Sweden)


            10th EcoProcura Conference - Sustainable and Innovation Procurement
              3-5 October 2018 – Nijmegen (Netherlands)


            Local Renewables Conference 2018: Urban transformation to a Circular Economy
            24-26 October 2018 – Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland)


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            The ICLEI in Europe newsletter is produced by the European Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. Copies are available on request. Editor: Sean Carroll.

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