Archives for 2012

Addressing Urban Youth Challenges at the World Urban Forum

Last September the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Naples, Italy, gathered many urban practitioners and civil society members throughout the world to discuss tools and methodologies for a better sustainable urban development, both in developed and developing countries. Kristine Sergejeva, Communication Manager of URBACT, and Raffaele Barbato, Project Officer at URBACT Secretariat, Simina Lazar from Brodolini […]

By Segolene Pruvot, on October 12th, 2012 at 11:46

2 Months to go before the URBACT Annual Conference and 6 Reasons to be There

At a few days from Christmas, from the glee and all the festivities, what a thrilling thought the URBACT 2012 Annual Conference in Copenhagen is! Yes, I am sure you are thinking the same thing: being in Scandinavia is getting that much closer to the home town of Santa Claus! I cannot wait to pack […]

By URBACT, on October 5th, 2012 at 15:48

Job creation, Skills and Growth: A major Challenge for URBACT Cities too !

During this year’s spring, the European Commission published its Employment Package, a range of cross cutting measures to drive new job creation. In the same time the OECD launched its Skills Strategy that emphasize people and skills are at the heart of economic recovery and growth. These reports are addressed to all types of stakeholders, […]

By URBACT, on September 24th, 2012 at 18:05

Responding to short-sighted views in the field of city branding

Very few transnational projects funded by the EU have addressed systematically the topic of place-branding so far, even though communication is increasingly getting importance in the strategic management of cities. Indeed more and more cities in Europe are involved in one way or another in processes of branding and re-branding. That is, in processes of positioning […]

By URBACT, on September 11th, 2012 at 11:09

What is “Co-responsibility”?

Although the approach of “Co-responsibility” is ever more integrated into urban local policies, it remains a complex concept to explain and to understand. Therefore, the URBACT project TOGETHER launched a video to answer the question: “What is “Co-responsibility?” Understanding Co-responsibility in ONE Minute! Take a look here at the recent video elaborated by all TOGETHER […]

By URBACT, on July 30th, 2012 at 17:43

ENGAGE your community to achieve low carbon urban environments!

With 19 brand new projects including Sustainable food in urban communities, URBACT is used to mobilize cities on the reduction of urban carbon footprint. Longer URBACT projects are exchanging good practices in two major sectors: Transport (find out about EVUE and ATN news – respectively on electro vehicles and soft ways of transportation) and building […]

By URBACT, on July 19th, 2012 at 15:47

Call For Evidence – Building Energy Efficiency

The building sector accounts for 40% of the total energy use and for 36% of Europe’s CO2 emissions. It generates 9% of the total EU 27 GDP and 8 % of the total employment. Since the EU aims at reductions in domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 80% by 2050 (compared to 1990 level), the […]

By URBACT, on June 1st, 2012 at 15:47

Calling Mobility Mindsets

What is your vision of urban mobility? What is the definition of quality and sustainability with regards to mobility? How do cities define long term mobility strategies that will deliver on climate goals and maintain competitiveness? These are the challenges outlined in the Cities of Tomorrow European Commission report to be tackled by the URBACT […]

By URBACT, on May 21st, 2012 at 12:20

Call for evidence – More Jobs, Better Cities

Europe needs a return to economic growth. To achieve our goal we need more economically successful cities as well as more, and better, jobs for their citizens. Why? Because well over a quarter (29%) of Europeans live in cities of more than 100,000 people and over two thirds ( 67%) live in cities and towns […]

By URBACT, on May 14th, 2012 at 11:02

Good transport planning can improve public health

The internet information platform Eltis published a case study with the title: Encouraging Active Travel to Hospitals, London, UK. Indeed, the National Health Service (NHS) authority in the Tower Hamlets Borough of London has implemented a travel plan as part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, to encourage the use of more active travel to hospitals in […]

By URBACT, on April 16th, 2012 at 13:51