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Stefano Bonaccini, President of Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, has been elected President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) during the organisation’s Policy Committee meeting held in Maastricht, on 12 December. Bonaccini will represent 130,000 cities towns and regions from 42 European countries. “CEMR must be the link that can re-launch the European […]
Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent, was elected the new EUROCITIES President on 18 November in Milan during the network’s annual conference. Jonathan Andrews spoke to him about his wish for a ‘Senate of Cities’ within the EU, and how after 40 years in politics he still goes out onto the street each week to talk […]
This is the fourth installment of a four-part series of posts on utility transformation, by guest blogger Marcus Törnqvist, Head of Utilities Northern Europe and Central Asia at Ericsson (on Twitter as@MarcusTqvist)*. On the one hand, a higher concentration of inhabitants in a limited area puts strain on the infrastructure. Infrastructure failures in a densely […]
The first meeting of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) global initiative has taken place in Geneva, appointing the leadership team consisting of representatives from Dubai Smart City, PwC, and Future Cities Catapult.
The Third Guangzhou International Awards for Urban Innovation will take place on 6-8 December 2016. Registrations must be made by 30 June and award submissions by 31 August. For further details or to register, please click on the links below. Registration: registration and application forms. Background for submissions: – Guangzhou Award 2016 Submissions guidelines – […]
The 20-20 is a club with regular meetings, organised by Cities Today and hosted by cities, for cities to share and discuss best practices and innovative case studies with key stakeholders such as development banks, NGOs and the private sector. Following previous meetings in São Paulo and London, local government representatives and delegates from the transport sector […]
By Gerry Muscat, Head of the Urban Development Division, European Investment Bank When ministers finally endorse the EU’s Urban Agenda with the Pact of Amsterdam on 30 May, it will signal the end of many long months of negotiation over the key “priority themes” and how to put them into action. The occasion will, however, leave […]
A pioneering study challenges scientific stance on urban diabetes by looking beyond the biomedical aspects and examining the social and cultural factors that shape type 2 diabetes in cities. Social, cultural and economic factors play a much bigger role in the spread of urban diabetes than previously thought, according to new research commissioned by the […]
EUROCITIES, the network that connects 130 of Europe’s largest cities, is now leading the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) action cluster on business models, financing and procurement for smart cities (AC BM). In this interview* Nathalie Guri, Director of Projects and Knowledge Sharing, EUROCITIES, explains the plans for her upcoming work with a primary objective […]
Seven Mexican cities are set to join the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Emerging Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) by June, attendees were told during the Smart City Expo held in Puebla, Mexico.