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The Forum “Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation” aims to strengthen the policy dialogue between the EU institutions and Local and Regional Authorities from both Europe and partner countries and among them. 

In particularly, the 2019 forum aims at:

Discuss policies and practices

on sustainable urban development among Local and Regional Authorities and their associations from the European Union and its partner countries

Issue strategic policy recommendations

in the field of sustainable urban development to the EU institutions

Formulate practical recommendations

to feed the European Commission's CSO/LA thematic programme – Call for proposals 2019-2020

Identify and showcase good practices,

initiatives and projects with scale-up potential in the areas of twinning and matchmaking between Local and Regional Authorities in the EU and Partner countries

The Forum


Rapid urbanisation creates drastic challenges in terms of food security, housing, infrastructure, health, education, livelihoods, safety and natural resources. But cities are also powerhouses of economic growth, catalysts for inclusion and innovation, as well as hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity and social development. In other terms, cities have a key role to play to address the social, economic and environmental facets of development.

The New European Consensus thus considers the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals as strongly dependent on the active involvement of Local and Regional Authorities. It also commits the European Union and the Member States to strengthen their cooperation through decentralised cooperation and twinning.

Co-organised by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions, the Forum on “Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation – Local and regional partnerships for sustainable urban development” will bring together European institutions and Local and Regional Authorities from the EU and from Partner countries in Brussels on 4-5 February 2019.

The Forum aims at strengthening the policy dialogue between the EU institutions and Local and Regional Authorities from both Europe and partner countries.

Expected results

Strategic policy recommendations on sustainable urban development are formulated by the participants and conveyed to the EU institutions

Good practices with scale-up potential in terms of twinning and partnerships between Local and Regional Authorities are showcased

More Local and Regional Authorities worldwide are engaged in partnership and in twinning to localise the SDGs, notably SDG 11 “Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”

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With the support of

CEMR Platforma
UCLG Africa

Signatory organisations of Framework Partnership Agreements
with the European Commission

European Associaton of Development Agencies (EURADA)
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa
Covenant of Mayors Office for Climate and Energy EUROPE
Nicosia Initiative


The first part of the Forum will be organised around panel discussions, while the second part is built on an interactive “Open Space methodology”, clustered around the 5Ps of the New European Consensus, namely Partnership, Peace, People, Planet and Prosperity, where participants will discuss topics of their interest and generate insights and recommendations directed to the European institutions.

Additional activities and venues alongside the Forum will include:

- An exhibition with stands on decentralised cooperation initiatives
- Side events organised by partners, to maximize synergies.
- A networking area for elected representatives and practitioners to meet.

We really look forward to meeting you in Brussels on 4-5 February 2019!

Programme & Side activities

Practical information

The Forum Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation will take place at:

European Committee of the Regions 
rue Belliard 99-101 
B-1040 Brussels

on February 04-05, 2019



For questions about the Forum, please contact us at:

Tel: +32 2 237 09 55

Contact the Forum Organizers Team

Phone: +32 2 2370955 / +32 2 2905550
Fax: +32 (0)2 644 35 94

​​European Committee of the Regions
Bâtiment Jacques Delors
Rue Belliard 99-101
B - 1040 Brussels