About the IUC

What is the IUC?

Funded by the European Union, the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme activities will support the achievement of bilateral policy objectives as well as major international agreements on urban development and climate change, such as the Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement. The IUC programme will engage with major international financial institutions and partners to link city decision-makers with potential funders. EU business will be an important partner for activities under the components on sustainable urban development and innovation cooperation for local and regional development. Target countries include China, India, Japan, Canada, Mexico, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. For component 2, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are included in the programme.



Component 1

CITY-TO-CITY COOPERATION ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT

EU cities are paired up with peers from other regions facing related sustainable development challenges. Chosen cities will be supported to share knowledge and best practices on sustainable urban solutions. This will be achieved partly through the development of local action plans, which will outline activities and pilot projects to achieve tangible results. A knowledge-exchange platform has been established with resources and best practices on overcoming specific urban development barriers.

Component 2

SUB-NATIONAL ACTION UNDER THE GLOBAL COVENANT OF MAYORS INITIATIVE

Cities and other sub-national localities are encouraged to join the Global Covenant of Mayors initiative. Through the Global Covenant of Mayors, local governments commit to acting on mitigation, adaptation and access to energy. Signatory cities benefit from support in the form of technical expertise and cooperation to act on their energy and climate commitments.

Component 3

INTER-REGIONAL COOPERATION ON INNOVATION FOR LOCAL AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Support will focus on ways to improve regional innovation and cooperation in and between two regions: the EU, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The programme will stimulate the development and strengthening of regional strategies involving innovative SMEs, and will promote international value chains. Experience, good practice and lessons learnt will be collected and shared, promoting knowledge management and development.

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