“MIGRATION AND DISPLACEMENT IN THE CONTEXTS OF CRISIS” PEER LEARNING PROGRAM

The peer learning program titled “Migration and Displacement in the Contexts of Crisis: What are Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) doing to save and protect lives?” was held online on April 11-13.

The event was organized by the GFMD Mayors Mechanism, which is carried by UCLG, the Mayors Migration Council (MMC), and the UN International Organization for Migration. The meetings, with many participants from different parts of the world, were carried out with the support of the UCLG Working Group for Territorial Prevention and Management of Crises, the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project (MC2CM), the Global Alliance for Urban Crises, the Global Task Force on Migration (GTFM), and the National Association of Welcoming Cities and Territories (ANVITA).

The event was organized to highlight the approaches of local and regional governments in times of crisis, to share practices and  crisis period experiences from different regions, and to contribute to the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), which is held every 4 years at the Headquarters of the UN on May 17-20. The event proceeded with two different concepts. On the one hand, LRG representatives from different parts of the world shared their experiences of crisis and migration. On the other hand, the concept of migration was discussed from the perspective of immigrants and local governments with the simulations created.

Yehia IBRAHIM, officer of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Social Inclusion, provided facilitation on behalf of GTFM in the experience sharing session attended by the representatives of the Municipality of Fuenlabrada from Spain, Notse Municipality from Togo, Dedougoui Municipality from Burkina Faso, Municipality of Cauayan from the Philippines, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality from Turkey, and Municipal Association of Bangladesh from Bangladesh. In the sessions, participants discussed how different experiences respond to different needs, how these responses transform over time, what can be learned from them in the long term, their relations with the global agenda, and their contributions to global discussions were discussed. In the first session of the last day, the session was summarized and the data collected was shared with all participants by GTFM.

While the last day of the event was focused on the Ukraine crisis and session reports, Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga, expressed that the European cities are attempting to develop a commitment to the Ukraine crisis. The program ended with the closing remarks of Emilia Saiz, UCLG Secretary General.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 6TH TEHRAN GOLDEN ADOBE AWARD HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED

The 6th Tehran Golden Adobe Award, organized by Tehran Municipality in cooperation with United Nations Human Settlement Program (UNHABITAT), will be held in Tehran on 31 October-1 November. The Award will focus on “People-Oriented Development, Social Dynamism and Cultural Inclusion in City.” The project entries can be submitted to the website until 7 October. .

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The second issue of the UCLG-MEWA quarterly magazine MEWA Agora is out. The issue with the main focus on Decentralized Cooperation includes the Feature on cities’ development cooperation in the MEWA Region, the Opinion piece by Sogen Moodley from the Durban University of Technology, the Interview with Tayseer Abu Sneineh, the new president of UCLG-MEWA, and "Wastewater and Municipal Water Systems Management" good practice on decentralized cooperation.

 SUMMER SCHOOL ON URBAN MANAGEMENT IN IRAN

Tehran Municipality’s initiative Asian Mayors Forum, cooperating with Allameh Tabataba’i University from Iran, will be organizing its first international Summer School on Urban Management.

 UCLG-MEWA WILL BE IN GIRNE WITH GENDER EQUALITY AGENDA

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality will organize its first program with the new committee presidency after UCLG-MEWA Congress’22. The program will be held on 5 August 2022, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) under the auspices of the Municipality of Girne

 CALL FOR ACTION: EARTHQUAKE IN AFGHANISTAN

UCLG-MEWA expresses grave concern and sympathies towards the families of the victims of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan that hit the country's Paktika Province on June 21 and resulted in more than a thousand deaths and many more injuries.

 Iran Smart City Expo 2022

You are all invited to the 3rd Iran Smart City Expo & Conference, which will take place between July 3-5, 2022. The program, hosted by the help of the Ministry of Interior of Iran, aims to develop participants’ networks and provides capacity building opportunities on “Smart City Policies/Practices”.

 Tehran Twin Cities Festival

Tehran Municipality invites its Twin Cities to participate in the 1st Festival and Exhibition of Sister and Twin Cities of Tehran between 5-9 July 2022, to share experiences and display their capabilities and opportunities for joint projects and bilateral or multilateral cooperation.

 UCLG-MEWA CONGRESS WILL BE HELD IN KONYA ON MAY 25-27

The UCLG-MEWA Congress, which takes place every three years, will be organized on May 25-27, 2022, under the auspices of the Konya Metropolitan Municipality. After the first day, the Governing Bodies and the Presidency will be updated, and Congress will continue with thematic sessions.

 UCLG-MEWA WILL ATTEND THE EKO-IKLIM SUMMIT

The EKO-IKLIM (Economy and Climate Change) Summit, which will host the world’s first economy and climate change fair, will be held at the ATO Congressium, Ankara on March 30-31 under the leadership of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce. Within the scope of the summit, Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, will moderate the session titled “Green Transformation”.

 UCLG-MEWA CONGRESS WILL BE HELD IN KONYA ON MAY 25-27

UCLG-MEWA Congress, which takes place every three years, will be organized on May 25-27, 2022, hosted by Konya Metropolitan Municipality. After the first day, in which the Governing Bodies, the Constitution and the Presidency will be updated, the Congress will continue with thematic sessions.

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