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INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT
NEWSLETTER - EDITION No. 39, July 2021

Dear readers,

We are happy to report that the Connective Cities learning processes in the regions are continuing and that the project ideas developed in the initial dialogue events are currently further supported through the organisation of targeted expert missions.

The event series “Municipal Response Dialogue to COVID-19” that Connective Cities launched last year has brought together many municipalities around the world to share their learnings and their challenges connected to the pandemic.

After the first successful exchanges this year, the event series on municipal response to COVID-19 is set to continue with global and regional activities. The “Insight Sessions: Post-COVID Urban Futures” will kick-off on 28 July 2021 and we encourage you to join them. Furthermore, we recently published a new set of good practices dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic from cities in Germany, Serbia, Zambia, Kosovo, Brazil and China that we hope can inspire you and your work.

After the recent official kick-off of the regional networks with thematic working groups in Southeast Europe and MENA, the network of urban practitioners in the region Sub-Saharan Africa will launch on 14th July.  

We look forward to continuing connecting with you through the upcoming events and we hope you enjoy reading the newsletter. Stay healthy!

Your Connective Cities Team

Review
INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY CONCEPTS
INDIVIDUAL VIRTUAL EXPERT Missions FOR THREE CITIES IN SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE IN APRIL/MAI 2021

Practitioners from the cities of Kruševac, Lviv and Kutaisi consulted with international expert support about their mobility projects.

Connecting mobility, waste management and other public services
May 2021, Kruševac, Serbien

E-Mobility hubs as sustainable and innovative solutions
May 2021, Lviv, Ukraine

Planning sustainable urban mobility
April 2021, Kutaisi, Georgia

Southeast Europe Network: Core Group "Sustainable Mobility"
Review of the meeting on 14 June 2021

As part of various workshops, representatives of five municipalities from four countries met to discuss the development of a sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP) in depth by taking a closer look at the SUMPs of three of the participating municipalities - Lviv in Ukraine, Krusevac in Serbia, and Kutaisi in Georgia.

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Municipal Response to COVID-19 in the Business Sector
Review of the Online Workshop on 27 May 2021

About 40 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia, Germany, Peru, and South Africa discussed strategies to address challenges in the economic and business sector: communication strategies with the private sector, support measures during the pandemic, and the effectiveness of economic recovery plans.

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Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region
Video of the activities in our regional network from July to December 2020

The animated video provides a vivid four-minute illustration of the MENA network's pandemic response activities: sharing good practices and lessons learned and providing peer-to-peer consultation on seven topics in a series of events with more than 150 participants from 54 cities in nine countries across the region.

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Insights
Communicate and coordinate – the key to successful vaccination campaigns
The German city of Krefeld wants to educate the population as best as possible about vaccination against Covid-19.

Impatient or skeptical citizens, shortages of vaccine for a long time, new regulations that need to be implemented quickly - the challenges for vaccination campaigns for German municipalities are immense. The city of Krefeld focuses on communication and coordination in its campaign.

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Stari Grad – how vaccination campaigns can reach groups at risk
Pro-active call center as well as transportation and immunization services for marginalized populations

With its vaccination campaign, the Serbian city of Stari Grad is setting a good example. The municipality demonstrates how people without internet access or the elderly could be reached. By mid-April 2021, almost 80 percent of people over 65 had been vaccinated.

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Successful pandemic response in the slums of Lusaka, Zambia
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Pandemic response in Aracaju, Brazil
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Waste Management during the pandemic in Vushtrri, Kosovo
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Fangcang Shelter Hospitals in Wuhan, China
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Outlook
New working groups in our MENA network: Municipal recovery from the pandemic
New members are welcome!

As a follow-up to the intensive knowledge exchange on municipal responses to the pandemic conducted in 2020 to support the Connective Cities network in MENA, several working groups are currently being established to carry on the results of the peer exchange.

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Official Launch of the Connective Cities Network in Sub-Saharan Africa
Kick-off event on 14 July 2021: Together for sustainable urban development

Join us to celebrate the official launch of the network! The event will include an update on the activities of the individual groups to date, as well as an interesting panel discussion on the current challenges in the region and the importance of networks in the search for solutions for sustainable urban development. 

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Insight Sessions: Post-COVID Urban Futures
Invitation to the launch of the event series "COVID-19 Recovery & SDG 11" on 28 July 2021

Making cities and communities sustainable, inclusive, safe, and resilient is the goal of SDG 11. What are the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 crisis to achieve the goal? Our new event series will facilitate a regular and open exchange on relevant topics in the post-COVID-19 era for municipal practitioners worldwide. We cordially invite you to the launch event on Wednesday, 28 July 2021. 

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