Connective Cities
Newsletter - Edition No. 19, March 2018

Dear reader,

Connective Cities' approach to supporting the practice-based exchange of experience among urban practitioners looking for sustainable solutions to local challenges is also highly relevant to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The debates during the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur have shown exactly that!

In line with the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Cities 2030, Connective Cities is making a significant contribution to facilitate cities learning from each other and that good practices are being spread.

We wish you an exciting reading,

Your Connective Cities Team


Networking of urban practitioners
Connective Cities Events at the World Urban Forum (WUF9) on the 8th and 9th February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur

How can exchange between urban practitioners contribute to joint learning? How to use good practices on urban topics, for example from Germany, Thailand and Indonesia? In addition, how does peer-to-peer consultation support the identification of solutions for challenges on municipal level? Connective Cities showed how practice-oriented exchange of experiences works and how the implementation of the New Urban Agenda can be supported by municipal partnerships and networks of practitioners.

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Traffic-calmed Old Town
Stakeholder meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 15th February 2018

Increasing the number of pedestrians and cyclists, decreasing the number of cars as well as reducing CO2-Emissions and air pollution in the old town of Chiang Mai are just some of the key objectives of the new Roadmap.

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With water tanks to more discipline in traffic
Practitioners´ workshop on Urban Mobility in Tbilisi, Georgia from 20th – 22nd February 2018

Reduction of air pollution through climate-friendly transport solutions, financing of resource-efficient infrastructure projects, involvement of civil society - much discussion during the design of concrete action plans.

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Bogotá: 10 Years of the Observatory of Mobility
An exchange meeting concerning mobility data with a large variety of local stakeholders from 26th – 27th of February 2018

Joint publications, exchange and analysis of information, improvement of the methodology and evaluation, stronger usage of data in politics – the retrospection became an outlook for a stronger collaboration in an enlarged stakeholder landscape.

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Revitalising a Steel Production Site
The Phoenix Mega-Project by the City of Dortmund, Germany

Mitigate social and economic impacts, and combine economic development with climate change mitigation goals – a former steel production site will be turned into a technology park, an artificial lake as well as residential and recreational spaces.

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Establishment of a first low emission zone in Bangkok
Assignment of experts and workshop from January 17 – 19, 2018

Applying emission standards at the national level, improving parking space management, monitoring dust emissions on building sites, creating a mobile app, planting trees and promoting the use of bikes as a means of transport - the Bangkok Pollution Control Department is finalizing its plans to set up the first low emission zone in Thailand’s capital, supported by practical experience from Berlin and Munich.

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Strategies for Resilient and Liveable Urban District Development
Project workshop in Amman, Jordan from April 17 – 19, 2018

Objective of the 2nd workshop in Amman: elaboration of project ideas with the focus on integrated district development, public green areas as well as energy- and water-smart neighborhoods.

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Strengthening Local Economic Development in Lebanon – from Strategy to Action
Practitioners Workshop in Beirut, Lebanon from April 26 - 28, 2018

Connective Cities is organizing the 2nd workshop between Lebanese and German cities in cooperation with the Lebanese city association Cités Unies. The objective is to assist local authorities in developing and implementing local economic development strategies, e.g. through infrastructure improvements, marketing concepts and innovation promotion.

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Inclusive cities: towards an urban and social development for all
Dialogue event in Bonn from May 7 - 9, 2018

The international event will bring together experts from municipalities, science, and civil society to exchange their experiences and develop innovative approaches to inclusive urban development.

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Finding experts - registering as an expert
The expert database of the Connective Cities web portal facilitates networking of municipal professionals from Germany and other countries worldwide, interested in a global exchange of their expertise. 
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Good Practices
Practical examples from experts for experts
Benefit from our constantly growing collection of successful projects for sustainable urban development, through using it as an inspiration and learning from the experience of practitioners.
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Media centre



Beijing bike share app pilot begins in India’s Pune city

Beijing bike share platform ofo has launched its signature yellow bike service in India’s western city of Pune - article by Jack Aldane, published in Cities Today


UN Steps up Action to Make Urban Spaces More Climate-Resilient

UNFCC: The new urban agenda as an accelerator to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and support climate action.


How 3 Cities Are Navigating the Transition to Electric Buses

Poor local air quality and issues related to global climate change are negatively impacting the lives of millions.


Creating a low-carbon and equitable future

Cities IPCC sets blueprint for urban transformation - article by Stephen Leahy published in URBANET


4th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation

Call for Submission: Deadline 31st August, 2018


Fifteen companies sign shared mobility principles

Fifteen of the world’s leading transport and technology companies pledged to prioritise people over vehicles, lower emissions, promote equity and encourage data sharing.


All WUFed out, but what comes next?

Gregory Scruggs, URBANET: While World Urban Forum does not yet have a formal role in the U.N. system, it was still a major milestone on the road post-Quito. 


Realising synergies in follow-up and review

The role of local and regional governments and their partners in the follow -up and review of global sustainability agendas Eleni Dellas, adelphi consult GmbH and Cities Alliance

Role play about the circular economy: The case of waste management

Using a group dynamic to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12Aleksandra Zemke, UCLG Learning Team

Towards resilient and livable urban district development

Report of the Connective Cities Practitioners' Workshop in Jordan Eva Prediger, Manfred Poppe, Lara Spieker, Connective Cities

Strengthening Local Economic Development

Report of the Connective Cities Practitioners' Workshop in BeirutDr. Manfred Poppe, Eva Sule, Connective Cities

The 2030 Agenda: Sustainable urbanisation and the research-policy interface

Issues for the G20Edgar Pieters, GIZ


04.04.2018 bis 06.04.2018 // Austria - Vienna

Expanding Cities - Diminishing Space

23rd International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society

26.04.2018 bis 28.04.2018 // Germany - Bonn

Resilient Cities 2018

The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

14.05.2018 bis 15.05.2018 // Cyprus - Nicosia

5th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs)

This is Europe's leading annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice.

14.05.2018 to 18.05.2018 // Germany - Munich

IFAT 2018

World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management

22.05.2018 to 24.05.2018 // Belgium - Brussels

Green Cities for a Greener Future

he high level EU Green Cities Summit within EU Green Week

Good Practices
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