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The round table Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life, organized by the Cátedra Medellin-Barcelona, was held on 3 March, a Metropolis Initiative promoted by the Kreanta Foundation. The meeting was a preparatory session for the Seventh World Urban Forum (WUF7) in Medellin and featured the participation of Metropolis Secretary General Alain Le Saux.

The Metropolis Initiative ‘Integrated Urban Governance – Successful Policy Transfer’, which is led by the city of Berlin, started a dialogue to exchange different perspectives and interests in finding ways for cities to adapt to climate change. Named "No Regrets – Pre-Acting and Adapting to Climate Change in Cities", the first event took place in October in Berlin.

The second dialogue will take place on February 9th and 10th 2014 in Brussels.The overall objective of the events is to formulate recommendations of actions in the form of a charter.

From 19 to 21 November and for the third year in a row, Barcelona hosted the Smart City Expo Congress. As a regular collaborator with the congress, Metropolis was actively involved via its stand and in the meeting presentations: Secretary General Alain Le Saux acted as a round table moderator for the session “Governance for Smart Economic Development”, while Country Director for India, Sunil Dubey, moderated the session “Rethinking Cities: Sustainable Cities”.

The Medellín-Barcelona Chair will host the seminar on “City and gastronomy” in November, 15th in Barcelona. The seminar will be held from 9-14 pm in the auditorium of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB).

Download invitation and program here (spanish)

Attendance is free upon registration through CUIMPB.

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What are the Metropolis Initiatives for?
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The Metropolis Initiatives launched in 2012 are specific projects and services by and for cities in conjunction with businesses and institutions interested in themes concerning Governance, Urban Innovation, Sustainability and Social Inclusion.

The LLGA | Cities Summit 2013 took place on 14-16 May 2013 and was hosted by the City of San Francisco and Citymart.com, together with the City of Barcelona and the Metropolis Initiative “Agile Cities“. Metropolis was represented by Ms. Gabriella Gómez-Mont, director of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Mexico City´s new office of civic innovation and urban creativity.   

(Read here the full report of Gabriella Gómez-Mont)

The Comparative Study on Metropolitan Governance, the Metropolis Initiative led by the Secretariat for Metropolitan Development in the State of São Paulo, with technical support from Empresa Paulista de Planejamento Metropolitano SA (Emplasa), had its last meeting in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, from April 25 to 26.

The next meeting of the Comparative Study on Metropolitan Governance, a Metropolis Initiative led by the Secretariat for Metropolitan Development in the State of São Paulo, with technical support from Empresa Paulista de Planejamento Metropolitano SA (Emplasa), will take place in the city of São Paulo from25 to 26 April 2013.

In 2012, the Metropolis Initiative in Metropolitan Governance, lead by the State Government of São Paulo was launched with a first meeting where more than 20 partners from different cities presented the first data to perform the Comparative Study. For 2013, the Initiative has planned several activities such as mentoring programs and the presentation of a preliminary report of the comparative study. Find out more below about the activities held in 2012 and the goals for 2013.

The Metropolis Initiatives celebrated their first year of activity and made a successful presentation at the Metropolis Board of Directors meeting in Guangzhou. In order to promote their activity and be able to reach new collaborators and organizations interested in taking part, some of the Initiatives have made videos showing what they have done so far and their plans for the future. Check the videos here.  

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