DEVCO C5 organised an event to highlight sustainable urban development as a global challenge. It was also an opportunity to explore new ways for the EU to support sharing of urbanisation experiences with partner countries.
The European Week of Cities and Regions stands as a unique opportunity for cities and regions to showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European cohesion policy and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. The whole event gathered more than 9000 participants this year.
Taking the opportunity to reach out to such a relevant audience, DEVCO C5 - Cities organised a session to highlight sustainable urban development as a global challenge and to explore new ways in which cities in the EU may share their urbanisation experiences to support partner countries in their path to achieve sustainable urban solutions.
A panel to discuss this comprised:
- Rohey Lowe, Lord Mayor of Banjul
- Pascal Smet, State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region
- Ilmar Reepalu, Member of Malmö Municipal Council
- Peter Vanslambrouck, City Development Coordinator, Ostend
Jean-Francois Habeau, Executive Director of FMDV (Fonds Mondial pour le Développement des Villes) acted as facilitator, adding his experience in supporting peer exchanges among cities.
The panel could greatly benefit from the presence of Banjul and Ostend, two cities engaged in a long-standing cooperation. Their link will now be strengthened thanks to the recent attribution of a grant from the European Commission, following their successful application to the call City-to-City Partnerships, launched last October 2018.
Watch the video to learn more about the discussion: