The Regions and Cities for Development campaign is part of the contribution by the European Committee of the Regions to ensuring that the European Consensus on Development and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achieved. The campaign highlights the work of cities and regions committed to the UN's 15-year plan of action "for people, planet and prosperity". It champions the virtues of bottom-up contributions to global challenges. And it argues for policy changes at the EU and global level that empower communities, cities and regions as they seek to find suitable local responses to international pressures.
In keeping with the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 11 – to make cities and regions "inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" – the #Regions4Dev campaign focuses on:
Sustainability : action to promote sustainable development, but also specifically to develop a greener, circular economy
Resilience : action by cities and regions to mitigate and to adapt to climate change
Safety : action by the EU's cities and regions to stabilise of the EU's neighbourhood and develop city diplomacy
Inclusive societies : action to make cities and regions inclusive for women, children, older people, people with disabilities and new arrivals.
Global challenges require action locally – by regions, cities, and local communities. Without leadership by local and regional authorities, the world will not meet its objective of keeping climate change below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Cities and regions are being forced to act, because they find themselves on the front line of social and economic changes sweeping across the world – in where and how populations live, work, and develop. And many local and regional authorities are choosing to take the initiative, finding responses that enable their communities to cope with changes in a sustainable way. They are also going a step further, by forging international alliances and establishing partnerships with communities abroad.
The need to 'think globally and act locally' has been recognised by the European Union, through the European Consensus on Development, and in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In many areas, however, the potential of regions and cities – as catalysts for change, and as stabilising forces – has yet to be recognised by national governments and at the international level. Cities and regions have become actors on the international scene. #Regions4Dev will help show the role they are already playing.
The world is changing rapidly and our responses need to be rapid, with action at every level of government.
Nicosia initiative– peer-to-peer partnerships with Libyan cities
Ukraine initiative– peer-to-peer partnerships with Ukrainian cities and regions
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy– a bottom-up initiative that began in Europe and became a global movement in 2016
Mayors for Economic Growth – an opportunity for cities and regions in the Eastern Partnership to develop their economies with EU support
Offer support to cities and regions in developing countries – peer-to-peer partnerships between regions can be brokered by the
CoR and the European Commission