Connecting cities – Local solution for global challenges
Connecting Cities strengthens network-based approaches to global challenges by connecting local and regional authorities from across Europe. Together, we can transform challenges into solutions!
The Climate Alliance International Conference and General Assembly is held every year. This gathering of Climate Alliance members and other interested parties is the highlight of the Climate Alliance year and sees well over 200 representatives of local authorities from across Europe gather to delve into hot topics in the field of climate action and climate justice while sharing experiences on local level projects and initiatives. Local level administrative and technical staff as well as mayors and high-level local decision makers are in attendance, making for some very fruitful exchanges. In addition to a number of side events, excursions and working groups, the event incorporates the Climate Alliance General Assembly, where each member can have a say in network affairs. Importantly, this is where the resolutions used by the Secretariat for lobbying activities are also passed by the membership.
This year’s conference focuses on the idea of connecting – on partnerships and cooperation and exchange. These guiding themes have always been at the heart of Climate Alliance’s work. By emphasizing them, we are putting forth an approach that starkly contrasts the isolationist currents which characterize the political situation in so many countries today.
Some of this year’s sessions and workshops include:
- Co-creating adaptive and resilient cities and regions – A multi-level approach, which will explore how local authorities can cooperate with different sets of stakeholders at various levels in order to take action on adapting to climate;
- Energy transition in cities and regions – Implementing a local and people-driven energy transition, which will tackle technological, financial and governance-related aspects of the energy transition with a focus on models of local energy production including public energy suppliers and energy cooperatives.
- Water challenges in cities and regions – A circular economy approach. This session focuses on an integrated nexus approach for supplying, preserving and saving water, energy and materials across sectors. In this light, participants will look at the role of both municipalities and their residents.
And lots more.
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