The third and final working meetings for the World Cities exchanges have been announced.
The third working meeting of the EU-Japan Municipal Dialogue on Urban Policy will take place Monday and Tuesday, 18 – 19 April 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. City representatives from the four European and four Japanese local governments will be present for the two day meeting as well as Walter Deffaa, Director-General of DG REGIO, European Commission (TBC). The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MLIT) will also be present to assist cities in discussing challenges and where assistance can be provided.
The EU-Canada Urban Policy Cooperation Program for the third working meeting will take place from Thursday and Friday, 18 – 20 May 2016. The City of Ottawa has graciously agreed to host the meeting and welcome representatives from Canada and Europe. The capital city is a perfect backdrop for inspiring discussion and concluding the exchange. The City of Ottawa also hopes to provide city tours and evening activities to highlight their green and sustainable infrastructure.
The goal of both meetings is for cities to come together, in one last formal meeting, to share outcomes, discuss challenges, identify action items, and strategize on how to move forward to sustain the exchanges. Each city pair will have the chance to present on their project and highlight lessons learnt from the exchange and plans to continue cooperation. Partners and DG REGIO will be present to make recommendations on how cities can overcome these identified challenges and sustain the exchange beyond the World Cities agenda.
Please check back within the coming weeks for more updates as well as a most recent version of the Agenda.