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The representatives of more than 30 metropolises of the world have already chosen to share new ways to Live the City between next May 18 and 21. Join us in Buenos Aires if you are interested in:

  • Understanding the city of Buenos Aires, a unique metropolis, in an integrated and innovative perspective, getting to know its projects on the ground
  • Celebrating the 30 years of METROPOLIS and welcoming our new Secretary-General
  • Working on the synergies of the community of the world's greatest cities, both at political and technical levels
  • Standing up for the role of cities in global urban development and contributing to the agenda of the Habitat III Summit in 2016

As a Co-president city of METROPOLIS and its Regional Secretary for Asia Pacific, the City of Guangzhou has recently made a contribution to the WHO - UN HABITAT joint report “Hidden Cities: unmasking and overcoming health inequities in urban settings”, answering to a previous call from METROPOLIS and WHO Center for Health Development.

The Climate Change Training Program for foreign public officials has been held in Seoul from April 8~14. Among the participants, seven member cities of METROPOLIS were represented by their respective public officials dedicated in the environment: Beijing, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Quito attended the program and had the opportunity to share participating cities’ efforts in preserving the earth and environment (see the list of participants here). This METROPOLIS Training program was in line with ICLEI World Congress held in Seoul which, in turn, provided an opportunity of thinking hard and sharing the theme of ICLEI World Congress- Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future.

This year’s 9th International Public Markets Conference in Barcelona has been a tremendous success!
After an exciting three days learning from and inspiring each other, we captured the collective voice of the meeting’s 425 participants—representing 45 countries and 119 cities—in a Conference Declaration designed to highlight the value of public markets and their need for increased funding and policy recognition at all levels.

On 24 March last, the Secretary-General of METROPOLIS, Alain Le Saux, met with the Mayor of Santiago de Chile, Carolina Tohá, in Barcelona.

The meeting took place in the Saló de la Ciutatat Barcelona City Council. Over the course of the meeting, the Secretary-General of METROPOLIS outlined the main lines of action currently being carried out by METROPOLIS to the mayor. This includes the organisation of the association’s annual meeting to be held in Buenos Aires from 18 to 21 May 2015. The Secretary-General extended an invitation to the mayor, placing particular emphasis on the “mayors’ round table”, which she is expected to attend.

Various representatives of METROPOLIS member cities met in New York as part of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), organized by UN Women from 9 to 20 March. Abidjan, Bamako, Barcelona, Brussels, Dakar, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile and Seoul met at the UN Women headquarters in the week from 9 to 13 March to celebrate 20 years of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a commitment assumed by the States in 1995 for the advancement of women’s rights.

During the event, the member city delegates could share experiences, build on their knowledge and establish and/or shore up contacts between them and the representatives of other organizations such as UN Women, UN Habitat, the Huairou Commission, Women in Cities International, the Latin American Women and Habitat Network, etc.

In November last year, UCLG and METROPOLIS along with the city of Guangzhou co-sponsored the 2nd Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. This second cycle attracted 259 entries from 177 cities worldwide. Of these entries, 15 were elected by an independent Technical Committee as outstanding initiatives. All fifteen local authorities were invited to a present their initiatives during an international conference on learning from urban innovation after which an international jury selected the five award-winners. As disclosed in our previous communication, our Community together with the Guangzhou Award Secretariat and Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation are planning to conduct a series of study tours to the fifteen short-listed cities and local authorities. The study tours will include scholars, local & regional officials as well as media from around the world. These15 cities will be our target destinations for the months to come starting in April 2015. The purpose of these tours is to compile more in depth case studies and documentation and to promote peer learning within the UCLG/METROPOLIS network. The Community cordially invites you to join us in this endeavor.

Check the Plan for 2015 here

The Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) has assembled major European cities and metropolises to call for a greater role in the European Union and Member States.

The European Metropolitan Authorities congress brought the mayors and presidents of some of Europe’s leading cities and metropolises together in Barcelona on 13 March.

The event ended with the reading of the Barcelona Declaration, calling on the European Union and Member States to award more importance and resources to metropolitan governments.

The Seoul Human Resource Development Center (SHRDC), which hosts the headquarters of METROPOLIS International Training Institute (MITI), will conduct the climate change workshop from 7 April to 15 April, 2015. In addition, participants will have opportunities to attend ICLEI World Congress to grasp extensive knowledge to tackle global environment issues during the program.

You can find program details, updated program and application forms attached below. Any METROPOLIS members interested in participating in the workshop can contact Seoul MITI at adriana1@seoul.go.kr or call us at 82 2 3488 2059.

Deadline for application: 18 March (Wed). More info here.

“Digital Urban Women: Digital Empowerment of Women for a True Urban Transformation”is the title of the good practices round table which METROPOLIS is organizing together with the Brussels-Capital Region and Barcelona City Council’s Department of Women and Civil Rights. The event, to be held on 11 March from 10 am to 1.30 pm in the Hotel One United Nations Plaza in New York, is part of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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