EU cities and towns who wish to exchange with a city facing similar challenges in another region of the world are encouraged to apply for the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) city-to-city cooperation programme on sustainable urban development.
The programme aims to foster links between EU cities (in particular those with more than 100,000 inhabitants) and those in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America. Through the programme, local leaders will be able to connect and gain new perspectives on pressing sustainable urban development issues.
Successful candidates will be paired with an international city that faces related challenges, allowing both parties to cooperate, build connections and share knowledge. Representatives from each city will take part in study tours, staff exchanges, trainings, seminars, etc. and will develop a Local Action Plan to drive sustainable urban development in the selected area.
Submissions from EU cities to apply for pairings with cities in China, Chile, India, Japan, Peru and the USA are now open until March 19, 2018 (midnight CET).
Joining the IUC city-to-city cooperation programme has numerous advantages: