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  • Paikallisia elintarvikejärjestelmiä käsittelevä kaupunkilaboratorio, 29.-30. toukokuuta 2024 Liègen kaupungissa (Belgia)

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    09/04/2024

    Osallistu seuraavaan EU:n kaupunkilaboratorioon, joka käsittelee julkisia hankintoja. Tämän laboratorion tavoitteena on edistää paikallisen, kausiluonteisen ja kestävän ruoan käyttöä.

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    Keskustele ja vaihda kokemuksia eurooppalaisten kaupunkialan ammattilaisten sekä kaupunkien edustajien kanssa elintarvikkeiden julkisiin hankintoihin liittyvistä hyvistä käytännöistä. Paikallisia elintarvikejärjestelmiä käsittelevä kaupunkilaboratorio on URBACTin ja Euroopan kaupunkialoitteen (EUI) yhdessä järjestämä tiedonvaihtotapahtuma. Tapahtuma järjestetään 29.-30. toukokuuta 2024 Liègen kaupungissa (Belgia).

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  • European cities driving change through URBACT Action Planning Networks

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    19/03/2024

    Get to know the areas of action and the latest updates of these 30 URBACT networks. 

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    Networks in numbers

     

    From 1 June 2023 to 31 December 2025, 252 individual partners from 28 European countries have embarked on 30 Action Planning Networks (APN), under the URBACT IV programme. Within their URBACT journey, they aim to build their knowledge and skills to co-design and develop long-term Integrated Action Plans (IAP) to tackle their local challenges. These plans will define the actions to be implemented, covering timings, responsibilities, costings, funding sources, monitoring indicators and risk assessments. 

    Each network is composed of a Lead Partner and another 8-10 project partners. Among the 252 partners, half are newcomers to the programme while the other half already has experience with URBACT III (2014-2020).  

    Networks approved by the URBACT IV Monitoring Committee. Source: URBACT 

    Networks approved by the URBACT IV Monitoring Committee. Source: URBACT 

    All the approved URBACT Action Planning Networks (2023-2025) are aligned with the EU Cohesion Policy and will contribute to its five specific Policy Objectives (POs): PO1 A more competitive and smarter Europe; PO2 A greener Europe; PO3 A more connected Europe; PO4 A more social and inclusive Europe; and PO5 A Europe closer to citizens. 

    Beyond their geographic diversity, the 30 networks also stand out for their wide variety of topics. The URBACT method, which all networks follow, ensures that an integrated approach is applied; stated simply, regardless of the topic, the social, economic, environmental and territorial aspects are considered.  

    To help you navigate the list, we have clustered them here by their main thematic areas: Participative governance; Urban planning; Local development; Climate action; and Social cohesion. 

     

     

    Participative governance 

     

    Networks under the participative governance thematic focus on a wide variety of topics, including citizen engagement, health, localising the Sustainable Development Goals and much more. 

    Led by Genk (BE), Agents of Co-Existence fosters innovative approaches to societal challenges and strives for inclusive local policies with active community involvement by strengthening the skills and competences of civil servants and creating new organisational structures and cultures

    Developing locally-adapted governance processes is the main objective of Cities for Sustainability Governance, with Espoo (FI) as the Lead Partner, but specifically by using UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a strategic vehicle. 

    From the heart of Paris (FR), the European cities involved in CITIES@HEART work towards a balanced and inclusive city centre for all users, reversing the loss of attractiveness for cities of different sizes and backgrounds. 

    The One Health 4 Cities network, guided by Lyon (FR), aims to promote the integration of the One Health approach into urban strategies and projects, developing tools that empower decision-makers and operational teams to increase the positive impact of urban projects on the well-being and health of people, animals and the environment

     

    Urban planning 

     

    Urban planning networks address a range of hot topics such as mobility, accessibility, sustainability, public spaces, spatial linkages and territorial cohesion.  

    PUMA (Planning Urban Mobility Actions) helps cities such as Liepaja (LV), its Lead Partner, develop integrated mobility action plans in order to achieve climate-neutral and sustainable mobility in small and medium-sized cities. It is people-centric, prioritising the needs and well-being of individuals

    The S.M.ALL network is all about “Sharing urban solutions towards accessible, sustainable mobility for all.” Led by Ferrara (IT), they navigate the complexity of two URBACT mobility paradigms: inclusivity and sustainability. 

    Romagna Faentina (IT) is at the forefront of ECONNECTING - Greener & closer communities, a network that focuses on sustainable urban-rural mobility solutions within the 30-minute territory, designing and implementing proximity strategies for rural-urban functional areas. 

    SCHOOLHOODS puts children’s health and safety on the menu of a safe, green and happy way to school. Led by Rethymno (EL), the cities belonging to this URBACT network work hand-in-hand with pupils, parents and teachers to co-create solutions allowing pupils to actively go to school on their own.  

    From Balbriggan (IE) to the borders of Europe, the main goal of the EcoCore network is to accelerate the green transition especially in the work environments of the industrial areas of the partner cities, which are transitioning to low-carbon energy sources for transportation, heating and electricity. 

    In a mission to connect urban-rural communities, Creacció Agència d'Emprenedoria of Vic (ES) is currently leading the Beyond the Urban network, which promotes urban-rural mobility through the testing and implementation of sustainable, accessible and integrated mobility solutions, with a focus on intermodality, multi-level governance, inclusion, gender equality, and digital tools. 

     

    Local development 

     

    Local economy, territorial marketing and digital transformation are a few of the topics covered by the local development networks. 

    C4TALENT, whose Lead Partner is Nyíregyháza City with County Rights (HU), pursues the objective of building business & startup friendly environments in cities to lessen the effects of brain drain, attracting and retaining talented young professionals. 

    After the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the transformation around how work is organised, Dubrovnik Development Agency (HR) initiated Remote-IT, a network that tackles the new challenges cities are experiencing connected to the future of work by facilitating the remote and hybrid work for thriving cities. 

    Another Croatian city is leading a local development action planning network. Sibenik (HR) is at the head of Residents of the future, which addresses the issue of urban depopulation within small and medium-sized cities.  

    With Fundão (PT) as a Lead Partner, METACITY’s main goal is to increase competitiveness of small and medium tech-aware cities, benefiting from the opportunity to enhance service efficiency and citizen satisfaction provided by the metaverse.  

    NextGen YouthWork, headed by Eindhoven (NL), is also contributing to the digital transformation, by going one step further and improving online youth work through innovative digital solutions at the city level.  

    Boosting no-tech and digital local communities, facing specific challenges in terms of diversity, gender equality and inclusion, is the objective of TechDiversity, a network composed of small and medium-sized European cities and guided by Trikala (EL). 

    Led by Mollet del Vallès (ES), DIGI-INCLUSION also promotes inclusion through digital tools, tackling social exclusion and boosting digital inclusion not only by granting access to technology but by enabling people to develop the necessary skills and to become sufficiently empowered to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital world. 

    Life in cities continues even after dark. This is the main statement of the network Cities After Dark. Led by Braga (PT), this network promotes the 'Night Economy', through activities that are essential for a city to function 24 hours a day and play a significant role in the global economy.  

     

    Climate action 

     

    Climate action networks tackle several concerns; green transition, circular economy, green funding and reconversion of spaces, among other subjects. 

    The COPE (Coherent Place-based Climate Action) network, driven by Copenhagen (DK), unlocks the green potentials of citizen action through a place-based approach, recognising citizens and local action groups as fundamental stakeholders working to accelerate the green transition. 

    Led by Munich (DE), LET'S GO CIRCULAR! cities focus on the circular transition of cities. This network addresses all issues relevant to a holistic strategy of circular city ecosystems, fostering innovative solutions. 

    The BiodiverCity partners, with the support of Dunaújváros (HU) as Lead Partner, support and enable communities to plan powerful, nature-based solutions, foster pro-environmental citizen behaviours and draft Urban Greening Plans, contributing to the achievement of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. 

    In4Green is a collaborative network of industrial cities, headed by Avilés (ES), with a shared commitment: to implement the green transition in industrial areas/cities while remaining competitive and inclusive. 

    Restoring “forgotten” urban areas into valuable places for and with residents is the mission of GreenPlace. This Wroclaw-led (PL) network aims to restore urban spaces and make them friendly to both the residents and the environment, by optimising the use of existing resources in the context of ecological crisis, the financial and geopolitical situation. 

     

    Social cohesion 

     

    A variety of topics are addressed by the social cohesion thematic networks, from urban regeneration and place-making to gender, equality, diversity and inclusion. 

    Under the leadership of Clermont Auvergne Métropole (FR), the objective of FEMACT-Cities is to support the drafting of eight “Local Action Plans on Gender Equality” about the main challenges regarding women's liberty and empowerment, through protection, education, emancipation and economic autonomy

    GenProcure also addresses gender equality, focusing on Gender-Responsive Public Procurement, and it is headed by Vila Nova de Famalicão (PT). This network promotes gender equality through working purchases, supplies and services in the public sector.  

    Re-Gen is a European network of cities led by Verona (IT) that aims to support sustainable urban development and social inclusion thanks to the protagonism of secondary school students, aged between 10 and 18, from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

    The Cinisello Balsamo-led (IT) U.R. Impact prioritises social impact in urban regeneration, ensuring social inclusion and community development during urban renewal. They place citizens and their social, economic and environmental well-being at the centre of the processes. 

    The main goal of Breaking Isolation, a network driven by Agen (FR) that fights against isolation by creating social bonds and links between young and elderly and promoting social diversity. 

    In order to build more inclusive and resilient societies, WELDI empowers local authorities for a dignified integration of newly arrived migrants. In achieving this objective, cities of this network, led by Utrecht (NL), collaborate with migrants and other residents, as well as with local, national and international partners. 

    ARCHETHICS network brings together European cities that share the presence of heritage linked to a complex and controversial historical past (totalitarian regimes, contentious borders, etc), such as its Lead Partner Cesena (IT). Their goal is to transform the heritage into places for locals and visitors to share knowledge and come to multi-perspective understandings of the past and new visions for the future

     

    Follow the network journey

     

    This is just a snapshot of the URBACT Action Planning Networks, but stay tuned for more insights from the Lead Experts and partner cities, themselves! You can also follow the journey of these networks on their project pages and social media, benefit from the lessons learned and try them in your own city. 

     

     

     

     

     

  • Reilu ja paikallinen ruokajärjestelmä -tapahtuma, Mouans-Sartoux (Ranska), 21–22.3. 2024

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    22/02/2024

    Etelä-Ranskassa järjestettävä kaksipäiväinen tapahtuma tarjoaa tilaisuuden kestävää ruokajärjestelmää ja lähiruokaa koskevaan tiedonvaihtoon, vertaisoppiin ja tutustumiskäynteihin. Tapahtuma on avoin kaikille aihepiirin kehittämishankkeista kiinnostuneille, sekä niitä jo tehneille että niitä vasta suunnitteleville. Tapahtuma järjestetään EU:n URBACT-ohjelman ja European Urban Initiative (EUI) -kaupunkialoitteen yhteistyönä.

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    Tästä linkistä saat lisätietoja tapahtumasta ja pääset ilmoittautumaan tapahtumaan. Ilmoittautuminen on avoinna 7.3.2024 saakka. Reilua ja kestävää ruokajärjestelmää koskeviin URBACT-ohjelman tuloksiin voit tutustua tässä linkissä.

  • Innovation Transfer Networks -hankehaku avoinna 20.3.2024 saakka

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    12/01/2024

    Tammikuun 10. päivänä 2024 avautunut ITN-hankehaku tarjoaa kaupungeille mahdollisuuden hyödyntää Urban Innovative Actions -hankkeissa kehitettyjä innovatiivisia kaupunkitoimia ja soveltaa niitä omiin toimintaympäristöihinsä sopiviksi.

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    Kaikki hakua koskevat tiedot – kuten hakuasiakirjat, hankeideat ja hankkeiden pääpartnereiksi ilmoittautuneet sekä tiedotustilaisuuksien päivämäärät – ovat kootusti esillä tällä nettisivulla urbact.eu/get-involved.

    Alla oleva infograafi antaa yleiskuvan ITN-hankkeista ja hankehaun etenemisestä.

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  • Tiedotustilaisuus: URBACT Innovation Transfer Network -haku

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    URBACTin innovaatioiden siirtoa (Innovation Transfer Networks, ITN) koskeva hankehaku avautuu 10. tammikuuta 2024. ITN-hankkeissa kehitetään investointisuunnitelmia Urban Innovative Actions -tulosten perusteella. Osallistu haun tiedotustilaisuuteen 17.1.2023 klo 10-12! Tilaisuuden järjestävät Suomen URBACT-yhteyspiste, työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö ja Kuntaliitto.Tilaisuus järjestetään Helsingissä, OKM:n tiloissa, Meritullinkatu 10, kokoustila Potentia. Tilaisuuteen on mahdollisuus osallistua myös etänä. Tervetuloa!

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  • URBACT Innovation Transfer Network -haku, tiedotustilaisuus 17.1. Helsingissä

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    20/12/2023

    URBACTin innovaatioiden siirtoa (Innovation Transfer Networks, ITN) koskeva hankehaku avautuu 10. tammikuuta 2024. ITN-hankkeissa kehitetään investointisuunnitelmia Urban Innovative Actions -tulosten perusteella. Osallistu haun tiedotustilaisuuteen 17.1.2023 klo 10-12! 

     

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    Tilaisuuden järjestävät Suomen URBACT-yhteyspiste, työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö ja Kuntaliitto.Tilaisuus järjestetään Helsingissä, OKM:n tiloissa, Meritullinkatu 10, kokoustila Potentia. Tilaisuuteen on mahdollisuus osallistua myös etänä. Ennakkoilmoittautuminen 10.1.2024 mennessä TÄMÄN LINKIN kautta.

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  • Suomalaisten APN-kaupunkien keskustelutilaisuus Tampereella

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    07/12/2023

    Parikymmentä URBACT-hankkeissa toimivaa tai sen parissa muuten vaikuttavaa kotimaan kansalaista kokoontui 8.9.2023 Tampereelle livenä tai etänä vaihtamaan kokemuksia alkaneen uuden ohjelmakauden tiimoilta. Keskustelutilaisuuden järjestivät URBACT IV -ohjelman Suomen yhteyspiste (Alue- ja kuntatutkimuskeskus Spatia, Itä-Suomen yliopisto), työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö ja Kuntaliitto.

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    Tilaisuuden aluksi vastikään valittuihin uusien APN-hakkeisiin kuuluvien suomalaiskaupunkien edustajat esittelivät hankkeitaan. Samalla kartoitettiin käsityksiä Malmössä pidetystä ohjelman kick-off -tapahtumasta. Suomalaiset ovat ohjelmassa hyvin mukana (8 kaupunkipartneria ja Åbo Akademi), ja ensimmäistä kertaa myös APN-hankkeen pääpartnerina on suomalainen kaupunki (Espoo). Suomalaiset hanketoteuttajat näet tästä.


    Jatkokeskustelun virikkeeksi Olli Voutilainen (TEM) esitteli kotimaisen ja eurooppalaisen kaupunkipolitiikan ajankohtaisia kuulumisia. Kuluvan hallituksen kaupunkipoliittiset linjaukset herättivät huomiota: innovaatioekosysteemit ja MAL-sopimukset jatkuvat, teemakohtainen sopiminen kehittynee ja myös ns. allianssimalliin suurten kaupunkien ja valtion välillä ollaan hakemassa muotoa ja sisältöjä. EU-tasolla kiinnostavaa on Eurooppalaisen kaupunkialoitteen (EUI) eteneminen ja kotimaisen EUI-yhteyspisteen toiminnan käynnistyminen lähiaikoina.


    Niilo Rinne (Porin kaupunki) ja Kimmo Rautanen (Åbo Akademi) esittivät puheenvuorot URBACT-veteraanien näkökulmasta. Molemmat korostivat kaupungin sitoutumista ja hankkeiden jatkuvuuden turvaamisen merkitystä sekä toivat esille URBACT-ohjelman työtapojen (URBACT-metodi) ja asiantuntija-avun hyödyt. Päätteeksi pohdittiin tapoja vahvistaa kotimaisten URBACT-toimijoiden yhteistyötä ja tiedonvaihtoa kuluvalla ohjelmakaudella. Tilaisuuden lopuksi tutustuttiin Silva Vuopposen (Ekokumppanit Oy / Tampereen kaupunki) johdolla Naistenlahden voimalaitoksen kehittämistoimintaan.

  • URBACT Innovation Transfer Network -haku, tammikuu 2024

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    Innovaatioiden siirtoa (Innovation Transfer Networks, ITN) koskeva hankehaku avautuu 10. tammikuuta 2024.

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    Sihteeristö valmistelee parhaillaan hakuasiakirjoja ja ne tulevat nähtäviksi URBACT-ohjelman nettisivuilla haun avautuessa.ITN-hankkeissa kehitetään investointisuunnitelmia Urban Innovative Actions -tulosten perusteella.

     Suomen URBACT-yhteyspiste, työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö ja Kuntaliitto järjestävät 17.1.2024 tiedotustilaisuuden ITN-hankehausta. Lähetämme lisätietoja infotilaisuudesta ja hankehausta myöhemmin kuluvan joulukuun aikana.

  • Unifying Efforts for Bringing One Health in Cities

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    06/12/2023
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    A European collaboration for human, animal and environmental health

     

    In the face of diverse health and environmental challenges across European regions and globally, the One Health 4 Cities Network emerges as a beacon of collaboration and knowledge exchange looking for holistic solutions in cities.

    The need for systemic approaches that support not only the current states of living but safeguard our environments for the future is very prominent. The One Health approach will bring us solutions that never were so urgent before.

    Unique of its kind, the Network brings light on how to implement the One Health approach in urban public policies, strategies, and projects. It recognises that the perception of the One Health concept may vary according to EU regions and cities and it aims to refine and propagate this transformative approach by bringing together partners representing a wide variety of local contexts.

    Comprising cities with varying levels of experience in One Health, the network fosters a collaborative environment where the nine partners come together to learn and share experiences: Benissa (ES), Elefsina (GR), Kuopio (FI), Lahti (FI), Loulé (PT), Lyon (FR), Munich (DE), Eurometropolis of Strasbourg (FR) and Suceava (RO).

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    What is One Health and why is it important in cities?

    "One Health" is an approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of human health, animal health, and environmental health. The interactions between people, animals, plants and our environment have changed in many ways in the past years (increased travels, emerging diseases, extreme weather). One Health analyses these three components and how they behave when they interact. It recognizes that it is impossible to take care of one aspect without taking care of the others. One Health has become more important in recent years due mainly to the COVID 19 crisis. 

    This approach emphasizes the need of collaboration, cooperation, capacity building and communication across multiple disciplines (including human health, veterinary medicine, environmental science, social sciences and more), to address complex health issues.

    One Health is imperative for cities, given the unique challenges they face – dense populations, pollution, close human-animal interaction, shared environmental spaces, heat waves, invasive species – and their role in the biodiversity crisis and their adaptation to climate change impacts. In such context, it is crucial for cities to implement the One Health approach as a preventive strategy. It will increase the benefits and mitigate the negative impacts of this evolving context on the well-being and health of the living beings.

    As analysed by WHO, ‘cities are central actors for the implementation of One Health thanks to their characteristics of action. They are a key actor of the diagnosis of the health needs and inequalities among their population. They are implementing health prevention policies on the field, they are in charge of hygiene on their territory, and lead the urban policies to organize public spaces’.

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    One Health in urban environments is an immense topic to handle, involving different disciplines, priorities, strategies, policies, etc.

    The Network One Health 4 Cities will navigate through these challenges and find ways to make meaningful actions locally but also develop knowledge for more cities to explore how to integrate One Health in their contexts. Through collaboration and shared insights, the Network aims to pave the way for a collective and informed approach to integrating One Health practices, fostering healthier and more sustainable urban environments and communities.

    The Network will work on how to integrate One Health horizontally into different disciplines experimenting its concrete implementation on specific thematic including: healthy lifestyles, active ageing, green prescribing, and nature connectedness, healthy urban planning, and biodiversity. The complexity of the approach requires also from the Network to look into topics of stakeholder engagement, monitoring, funding and policy integration.

    To do so, the Network will also embark on the mission to integrate One health on the health impact assessment methodology, develop some easy-to-use tools and guidance on the novel 3 Healths Impact Assessment.

    Through local testing, the Network will pilot and compare different methods to identify working solutions and potential synergies between topics. Regular meetings and working sessions will facilitate the sharing of results, enabling the identification of actions beneficial to cities of a variety in sizes, climates, and governance structures. All knowledge development and exchanges will fuse the URBACT’s proven methods and tools to achieve better results.

    The overarching goal is that each city will develop a specific Integrated Action Plan with a unique focus, all aimed at implementing the One Health approach as one of the responses of the diverse challenges they are facing.

    The One Health 4 Cities Network is co-funded by URBACT.

     

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  • Residents of the future

    LEAD PARTNER : Sibenik - Croatia
    • Alba Iulia - Romania
    • Mangualde - Portugal
    • Saldus - Latvia
    • Plasencia - Spain
    • Kalamata - Greece
    • Iisalmi - Finland
    • Saint-Quentin - France
    • Mantova - Italy
    • Trebinje - Bosnia-Herzegovina

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    First transnational meeting on 26-28 September 2023 in Sibenik, Croatia.

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    Residents of the future wants to address the issue of urban depopulation within small and medium-sized cities. By focusing on digital transformation, economic diversification and city branding, it will explore innovative approaches towards evolving trends in work, lifestyle and communication, to enhance the cities’ attractiveness for prospective investments and inhabitants. The network enables cities to redefine their advantages in comparison to larger metropolitan areas, and develop holistic, citizen-centric solutions that support demographic revitalisation and sustainable urban growth.

     

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