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Online-Event: Cooperative Climate Action – Municipal Policies from G7 to COP27

Bonn, 27 September 2022. The Urban7 Cities Alliance has set itself the goal of strengthening the role of cities in the G7 process. With success: Urban7 and its concerns are explicitly mentioned in the communiqué of the G7 meeting for sustainable urban development in Potsdam. The online event on 5 October 2022 - to which we would like to cordially invite you - follows on from this and focuses on the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Logo of the 11th World Urban Forum from 26 to 30 June 2022 in Katowice, Poland.

11th World Urban Forum - Be there on site or virtually

Bonn, 27 June 2022. From 26 to 30 June 2022, the World Urban Forum will take place in Katowice, Poland, under the motto 'Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future'. Organised and conducted by UN-Habitat in cooperation with the respective host country, the World Urban Forum (WUF) is the world's most important conference on urbanisation and sustainable urban development. The German Pavilion offers a series of interesting events that can also be followed via livestream.

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Urban Diplomacy Exchange: Climate protection at the top of the agenda

Bonn, 7 June 2022. More than fifty German and U.S. municipal representatives met in mid-May 2022 for the first virtual partnership conference in the "Urban Diplomacy Exchange" project. They identified many joint topics for their future exchange of expertise. Accordingly, climate protection and climate change adaptation, but also the topic of social cohesion are at the top of the agenda.

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U7 Mayors Summit: Cities as drivers of change

Bonn, 26 April 2022. In the context of the German G7 Presidency, the Urban7 Cities Alliance, involving the German Association of Cities, ICLEI and the Global Parliament of Mayors and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and our Service Agency, is hosting a virtual cities summit on 3 May 2022. The theme of the event is: Embracing the Urban World: Cities as Drivers of Change for Peace, Democracy and Sustainability.

Kristin Michalek-Götz and interpreter Olga Galema smile at the camera

'We want to be back in dialogue now!'

Bonn/Dresden, 21 April 2022. The Russian war of aggression is unleashing new forces for civil society engagement – both in Ukraine and among German partners. Stadtentwässerung Dresden maintains a utility partnership with the Lvivvodokanal water company in Lviv, Ukraine. In her interview, Ms Kristin Michalek-Götz, Head of International Projects at Stadtentwässerung Dresden, describes the joint work and how the war has strengthened it.

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Urban Diplomacy Exchange – partnership conference between Germany and the U.S.

Bonn, 20 April 2022. The virtual partnership conference including a Mayors Roundtable is a professional exchange between cities in Germany and the United States of America. Under the motto "City Diplomacy for Sustainability", administrative staff from municipal departments will have the opportunity to exchange their expertise and views on various topics of the 2030 Agenda on Monday, May 16, and Thursday, May 19, 2022, and establish linkages to the international agenda.

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Strong alliance of cities aims to strengthen the role of municipalities internationally

Bonn, 28 February 2022. The Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development support the Urban7 alliance of cities. During Germany's G7 presidency, the U7 group is advocating for the interests and voice of municipalities at the international level. From a municipal perspective, important directions for addressing global challenges need to be set in 2022.