The 2019 edition of the Forum Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation – Local and regional partnerships for sustainable urban development came to its end, and once again confirmed itself as a must-join event.
The Forum brought together more than 500 local and Regional Authorities, associations, city networks and practitioners from all over the enlarged Europe and it was co-organised by DEVCO and the European Committee of the Regions.

The event being axed on the themes of decentralised cooperation, we are particularly proud to announce that ALDA and the LDAs have been officially recognised as key stakeholders in this field. The event represented an exclusive occasion for policy dialogue on sustainable urban development between EU institutions and local and regional authorities, thus with a particular emphasis on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and its SDGs. ALDA was represented by Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary-General, and Sofia Caiolo, LADDER project manager and expert of DEAR programme (Development Education and Raising Awareness), as well as numerous members of ALDA. Since its very beginning, the Commissioner Neven Mimica (DEVCO) and Karl-Heinz Lambertz (CoR’s president) stated loud and clear that sustainable urban development is one of the future greatest challenges, give that by 2050 an additional 2 billion people will live in urban areas. As ALDA we had the opportunity to present our activity and experience in the field of decentralised cooperation, an important tool to promote sustainable development and the collaboration with stakeholders from different backgrounds.

Among the Forum’s best features, we underline its vocation as event boosting dialogue and shortening distances between EU institutions and local authorities, as well as its inspiring nature, namely through the speech of Ms. Souad Ben Abderrahim, first female mayor of Tunis, elected last year during the first free democratic municipal elections of the country. The mayors of Kairouan (Tunisia) and Cimișlia (Moldova) also joined the Forum, as municipalities both hosting a Local Democracy Agency (LDA).

Apart from the official agenda of the Forum, several side events took place, among which we mention the presentation of the news book by Antonella Valmorbida, titled “The European Decentralised Cooperation: Acting for development engaging local authorities and civil society”. The topic perfectly fit within the context of the Forum and enjoyed a good participation of stakeholders, among which representatives from European CSOs and local authorities: hard to imagine a better framework for the introduction of the book!
Read more about Antonella Valmorbida’s book “The European Decentralised Cooperation: Acting for development engaging local authorities and civil society

The 2019 edition of the Forum Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation – Local and regional partnerships for sustainable urban development came to its end, and once again confirmed itself as a must-join event.
The Forum brought together more than 500 local and Regional Authorities, associations, city networks and practitioners from all over the enlarged Europe and it was co-organised by DEVCO and the European Committee of the Regions.

The event being axed on the themes of decentralised cooperation, we are particularly proud to announce that ALDA and the LDAs have been officially recognised as key stakeholders in this field. The event represented an exclusive occasion for policy dialogue on sustainable urban development between EU institutions and local and regional authorities, thus with a particular emphasis on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and its SDGs. ALDA was represented by Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary-General, and Sofia Caiolo, LADDER project manager and expert of DEAR programme (Development Education and Raising Awareness), as well as numerous members of ALDA. Since its very beginning, the Commissioner Neven Mimica (DEVCO) and Karl-Heinz Lambertz (CoR’s president) stated loud and clear that sustainable urban development is one of the future greatest challenges, give that by 2050 an additional 2 billion people will live in urban areas. As ALDA we had the opportunity to present our activity and experience in the field of decentralised cooperation, an important tool to promote sustainable development and the collaboration with stakeholders from different backgrounds.

Among the Forum’s best features, we underline its vocation as event boosting dialogue and shortening distances between EU institutions and local authorities, as well as its inspiring nature, namely through the speech of Ms. Souad Ben Abderrahim, first female mayor of Tunis, elected last year during the first free democratic municipal elections of the country. The mayors of Kairouan (Tunisia) and Cimișlia (Moldova) also joined the Forum, as municipalities both hosting a Local Democracy Agency (LDA).

Apart from the official agenda of the Forum, several side events took place, among which we mention the presentation of the news book by Antonella Valmorbida, titled “The European Decentralised Cooperation: Acting for development engaging local authorities and civil society”. The topic perfectly fit within the context of the Forum and enjoyed a good participation of stakeholders, among which representatives from European CSOs and local authorities: hard to imagine a better framework for the introduction of the book!
Read more about Antonella Valmorbida’s book “The European Decentralised Cooperation: Acting for development engaging local authorities and civil society