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NEWSLETTER - EDITION No. 38, June 2021

Dear readers,

With a total of ten international events in the last couple of weeks, we can look back on a very busy and eventful time. In addition to smart city development, crisis management and vaccination strategies in the context of COVID-19, the focus was also on topics relating to municipal climate protection: from urban gardening to energy efficiency and renewable energy to sustainable land management. In cooperation with the City of Bonn and in partnership with UCLG and PLATFORMA, we also organized a three-day exchange on strengthening the local implementation of the SDGs through reporting and monitoring.

Several good practices have also emerged from these diverse learning experiences, which we continue to document systematically. We have compiled a selection here and you can find more on our website, where we will post new ones every week.

If you are working in your municipality on the topic of "Covid-19 and urban mobility: impacts of the pandemic and prospects for a post-Corona future " or "Fostering social entrepreneurship", we would encourage you to join us at one of our upcoming events this summer. Other events are in the planning stages. More information about them will soon be available on our website.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter. Stay healthy!

Your Connective Cities Team

Review
A successful start of Connective Cities regional network South East Europe and Caucasus
Review of the Network Launch Event on April 26, 2021

Around 50 participants from Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Armenia, Jordan, Sweden and Germany took part in the kick-off event and agreed on goals, principles of cooperation and core topics.

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Sustainable Mobility in Southeastern Europe
Review of the core group's meeting on April 27, 2021

Experts from Kutaisi in Georgia, Lviv in Ukraine and Kruševac in Serbia met virtually with German colleagues and shared advice on topics such as bike sharing, traffic redistribution and public transport for rural areas in vicinity of metropolitan areas.

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Urban Gardening
Connective Cities virtual dialogue event in cooperation with the Berlin districts of Berlin-Mitte, Pankow, Lichtenberg, Tempelhof-Schönfeld and Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Urban gardening is a trend in urban areas and has very different manifestations. Municipal practitioners from 9 countries and 16 cities discussed this new diversity of approaches and experiences in depth and jointly developed solutions and project ideas.

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Strengthening the local implementation of SDGs through local reviews and monitoring
Connective Cities virtual Dialogue Event in cooperation with the City of Bonn on April 26, 27 and 29, 2021

The dialogue event - highly attended by 60 participants from 19 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and Latin America - focused on issues of data availability and data collection systems for SDG monitoring, data-driven policy development, and the quality of citizen dialogue, including stakeholder engagement.

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Sustainable, Informed and Participatory Land Management and Land Use Planning in Rapidly Growing Cities
Sub Saharan Africa Virtual Dialogue Event on May 11, 12 and 14, 2021

Participants at the regional event presented ten good practices from cities in Subsahara Africa and Germany on the key topics of integrating nature-based solutions into land use planning, land information systems, and participatory and inclusive land use planning. In addition, four peer consultations were held and seven project ideas were developed.

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Sustainable Urban Energy Planning in Southeast Europe
Virtual Connective Cities Dialogue Event, May 17 - 21, 2021

The dialogue event focused on energy efficient solutions, innovative renewable energy sources and perspectives arising from the EU Green Deal. Furthermore, the participants received information on multi-donor initiatives for the financial support of municipal projects in the field of CO2 reduction. Please also check out the concept paper "Sustainable urban energy planning in Southeast Europe" and related infographics.

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Promoting Energy Efficiency through Innovative city-led projects
virtual knowledge exchange and peer advisory for the MENA region. May 18 - 20, 2021

The regional dialogue event for the MENA region aimed at promoting the exchange of expertise on good practices for planning and implementing energy efficiency projects. In addition, municipal representatives were provided with analysis and planning tools to better address existing challenges in implementing their projects.

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Municipal Response to COVID-19: Crisis Management and Smart City Development
REVIEW OF THE ONLINE WORKSHOPS ON APRIL 28 AND 29, 2021

The issues of crisis communication, better reconstruction in pandemic times and community-based disaster risk management were the focus of the workshop on crisis management.

The workshop on smart city development was dedicated to digital innovations and the acceleration of digitalization processes in pandemic times.

Insights
Innovative solar energy system in the Navahrudak district hospital
Savings, environmental protection and improved medical care

The implementation of this project, unique in Belarus, proves the multiple benefits of using green technologies on the premises of social institutions. Such projects not only reduce energy consumption and environmental impact, but also have social benefits.

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Hazmieh in Lebanon: A lighthouse for good urban governance
The city of social inclusion and investment

The city, which received the UNESCO and UN-Habitat "Inclusive and Sustainable City" award, promotes the participation of women and young people in urban development. Another success story is the field of local economic development.

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Hebron – Promoting a healthy learning environment in public schools
Setting a standard for green buildings, passive design and community awareness in Palestine

The public "Dr. Hafiz Abd-Nabi" school was designed and built according to energy efficiency standards and is naturally ventilated, heated and cooled. Students and the staff were engaged in the planning process and have benefitted from the awareness raising activities on green building design.

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Local Economic Development (LED) and Job Creation in Middle East and North Africa
Connective Cities Virtual Local Projects Workshop from 19th to 25th of January 2021

This detailed report describes the results of the several days lasting project workshop, where six municipalities from the MENA region analyzed the challenges of their LED projects in more detail and developed further solution and financing options.

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Municipal responses to COVID-19
COVID-19 – The local implementation of vaccination strategies and vaccine communication in municipalities
Proceedings of the virtual dialogue of Connective Cities on March 22 and 25, 2021

How can we gain people's trust and reach vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and refugees, with important information on vaccination? Experts from all over the world discussed these and other questions and presented their good practices on this, e.g. from Bogotá (Colombia), Stari Grad (Serbia), Stuttgart, Krefeld (Germany), and Kiryat Shmona (Israel).

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Multidimensional: „Lviv tomorrow"
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Tourism in Nepal and the COVID-19 Pandemic
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'Digital Shop Window', Darmstadt
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Streets for all – Glasgow's new avenues
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Outlook
Promising success: Connective Cities Network in the MENA region
Launch event on 15 June 2021: Goals, action planning and presentation of the roadmap

Over the past 21 months, Connective Cities has built a vibrant core network in the MENA region. To showcase the achievements and pave the way for the further growth of the network, the launch event will take place on 15 June 2021.

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Municipal experts wanted: Dialogue event on Covid-19 and urban mobility
Deadline for application extended to 9th June 2021. Impacts of the pandemic and prospects for a post-pandemic future

Connective Cities, together with the City of Wiesbaden and UN-Habitat, is organising a three-day dialogue event on 19, 20 and 22 July 2021 and cordially invites German and international municipal stakeholders from local governments, municipal enterprises, civil society, business and academia.

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Call for Participants: Social entrepreneurship – An area for local business development?
Connective Cities Virtual Dialogue Event on 20, 21 und 23 September 2021

What are the potentials for municipalities and how can they promote social entrepreneurship? Connective Cities together with the German city of Kiel cordially invite municipal experts to the international dialogue event to discuss approaches and solutions in relation to social entrepreneurship projects in urban and regional development in an exchange of experiences.

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