The European Union is committed to expand opportunities for city-to-city cooperation at regional and international level to contribute to implement the New Urban Agenda developing capacities and fostering exchanges of urban solutions and mutual learning at all levels and by all relevant actors. The proposed action aims to enhance the impact of city-to-city cooperation on sustainable urban development through deepening the methodological basis and capacity for implementing local action planning under the EU's International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC). The proposed action contributes to deliver on international commitments articulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda and the COP-21 Paris agreement.
Through City-to-city cooperation on sustainable urban development cities will be selected to pair with likeminded partner(s) and to develop and implement, through a participatory process over a 12 months period, local action plans on a common urbanisation priority identified by the cities. The local action plans should identify concrete activities and pilot projects through which cities can implement the plans. The local action planning and implementation exercise will be supported by the International Urban Cooperation programme through technical cooperation, i.e. thematic clustering, best practice exchange, knowledge and policy sharing and capitalisation. No direct funding will be provided to cities to draw up or implement the plan. The interactive on-line networking and support platform will be a main tool for the technical cooperation and allow also for cross-regional cooperation to develop. The proposed action would allow for the utilisation of URBACT expertise for the development of a fit-for-purpose IUC local action plan methodology to be developed and rolled-out through training and quality support to the IUC programme implementers and key city networks. Networking between URBACT and IUC cities would also be enhanced. The export of basic URBACT concepts into key EU partner country cities would provide a strong basis for mutual understanding and cooperation and extend the reach of URBACT city networks beyond the EU. By focusing on providing a sound methodological basis for city-to-city cooperation with key partners in line with international commitments such as the New Urban Agenda.
The proposed action aims to enhance the impact of city-to-city cooperation on sustainable urban development through deepening the methodological basis and capacity for implementing local action planning under the EU's International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC). The proposed action contributes to deliver on international commitments articulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda and the COP-21 Paris agreement.
The local action plans will be a concrete deliverable of the programme, and the tool and framework for structuring the city-to-city knowledge cooperation and partnerships, including with businesses. To maximise the benefits of the local action planning exercise to the cities also in view of implementing the New Urban Agenda whilst keeping the specificities of the IUC programme in mind as a starting point, the proposed action would draw upon the expertise of URBACT, the European Territorial Cooperation programme which fosters integrated urban development in Europe. Since 2002, URBACT supports EU cities to develop integrated local policies through networking, sharing knowledge, and capacity-building for urban practitioners. The URBACT action planning methodology is well tested in the EU and can serve as a valuable tool to implement the strategic and integrated urban paradigm shift which is called for in the New Urban Agenda.