Brühl, 24 to 27 September 2019. Within the framework of the SKEW project "German-Palestinian municipal partnerships", which has officially been running since 2015, the fourth partnership conference took place. The number of partnerships and conference participants is constantly increasing: while there were only nine established partnerships at the conference in Jericho 2017, this year already 17 partnerships are participating in the initiative. In addition to representatives of German and Palestinian municipalities, participants from the Palestinian Association of Local Authorities APLA and the German Association of Cities and Towns, Deutscher Städtetag, were also welcomed.
The conference was organized in cooperation with the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) and together with the city administration of Brühl in the heart of the city between the World Cultural Heritage Site Augustusburg Castle and the Max Ernst Museum. In the midst of this prestigious location the opening address was given by Dr. Khouloud Daibes, Ambassador of the Palestinian Mission in Germany, Dieter Freytag, Mayor of Brühl, Nicole Hofmann from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Dr. Jens Kreuter, Managing Director of Engagement Global, and Musa Hadid, President of the Palestinian Association of Local Authorities APLA.