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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 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.

On behalf of its members, METROPOLIS condemns the denial of democracy resulting from the detention of the Mayor of Caracas and wishes to convey complete solidarity and support to Antonio Ledezma.

The Ile-de-France Region and the French Central Government have signed an agreement encompassing large-scale aims in line with the main lines of political action promoted by METROPOLIS: mobility, sustainable economic development, social inclusion and innovation. For more information, click here.

METROPOLIS members would like to express their sympathy and compassion towards Agustín Marina's family, founding member of METROPOLIS and representative of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB).

All those who had the opportunity to know him admired his energizing way of engaging politics when exchanging knowledge and experiences among our city members.

He will be deeply missed and never forgotten!

Gustavo Torres, International Relations Director at the Office of the Mayor of Bogotá, visited the METROPOLIS Secretariat-General offices in Barcelona on 12 February. Matters being worked on in conjunction with the city of Bogotá, a very active member within the Association and in the international arena, were discussed at the meeting.


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