European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) took place on 14-15 May in Nicosia, Cyprus.
This annual event for all those involved in putting the SUMP concept into practice serves as a forum for policy makers, practitioners and experts across Europe to network and debate key issues on sustainable urban mobility planning. In line with the European Commission having dedicated the year 2018 to the promotion of multimodality, the theme of the 5th edition was “Planning for multimodal cities”.
Discussions revolved around (i) the overarching policy framework for SUMPs, (ii) the revision of the European Commission’s SUMP guidelines, (iii) the implementation and roll-out of SUMPs and (iv) the local and regional context conditions.
A session co-organized by MobiliseYouCity was dedicated to Eastern Europe. Representatives from Tirana, Sarajevo, Hradrec Kralove, Budapest, Pristina, Palanga, Skopje, Podgrica, Belgrade and Lviv presented the reasons leading their city to engage in the topic of SUMPs, the key measures envisioned and the main challenges for implementation of SUMPs.
Another session was animated by the GoSUMP project to present the projects of the « Med Urban Transports” Community and to transfer their innovative planning approaches from Mediterranean area.
Session co-organized by MobiliseYouCity dedicated to SUMP in Eastern Europe
In the exhibition area, the stands of the GoSUMP and MobiliseYouCity projects also allowed for many exchanges with the participants of the conference.
Initiated by CODATU, MobiliseYourCity supports local governments in developing countries to plan sustainable urban mobility in order to develop more inclusive, liveable and economically efficient cities and reduce GHG emissions.
100 cities and 20 national governments will be engaged in deep transformational actions through the implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) supported by National Sustainable Urban Mobility Policies and Programmes (NUMP). MobiliseYourCity aims to assist cities in their efforts to cut at least 50% of their urban transport related emissions by 2050 compared to business as usual.
With the support of a coalition of international partners (development agencies, urban and transport planning agencies, NGOs and development banks), MobiliseYourCity provides a methodological framework, capacity building and technical assistance, and facilitates access to financing at both local and national levels. The partnership will set up an international reference platform to share best practices about sustainable urban mobility planning and implementation of SUMPs and NUMPs.
is a network of Mediterranean cities created in Barcelona in November 1991.
The creation of MedCities was a consequence of the willingness of strengthening decentralised actions involving technical assistance as the best means of promoting awareness of urban environmental problems and making those actions into a vehicle for empowering municipalities in developing countries in respect of management of urban environmental issues. MedCities continues offering this support. Since then, MedCities has extended its activities from the initial local environment to the wider local sustainable development field.
Being a network of Mediterranean towns and cities belonging to different countries, its purpose is urban sustainable development as a way to improve living conditions in the Mediterranean region.
The main aims and purposes of the network are:
- to develop the awareness of interdependence and common responsibility as regard policies of sustainable development, environmental conservation and social cohesion of the Mediterranean basin
- to reinforce the role, competences and resources (institutional, financial and technical) of local administrations in the adoption and implementation of sustainable local development policies
- to develop citizens’ awareness and involvement in the sustainable development of their towns and cities
- to get under way and develop policies for direct cooperation and partnership between partners and with other associations
is the network of major European cities. Its members are the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities.
UNIMED, the Mediterranean Universities Union, founded in October 1991, is an association of Universities from the countries of the Mediterranean basin (www.uni-med.net
). It counts 103 associated Universities coming from 23 countries of both shores of Mediterranean (data updated to November 2017).
UNIMED’s aim is to develop university research and education in the Euro-Mediterranean area in order to contribute to scientific, cultural, social and economic cooperation. UNIMED acts in different fields: tangible and intangible cultural heritage, economics, energy, environment, management of water resources, transports, health, media, new technologies, history, tourism. The image that better represents our association is that of a University Without Walls.
UNIMED carries out the following activities in favour of the associated Universities:
• Promotion of the international dimension of universities;
• Planning and fund-raising activities: information on call for proposals and opportunities offered by international and European Commission, partnership search, technical assistance, planning; dissemination;
• Promotion of mobility in the Euro-Mediterranean region, for students, researchers and academic staff;
• Technical assistance for the enhancement of quality assurance in university education;
• Creation of thematic Sub-Networks to foster the scientific cooperation within specific fields;
• Organization of meetings, discussions, seminars and round tables both at a national and international level;
• Training for academic and administrative staff of Universities, particularly for the personnel of International Relations Offices.
Through the many initiatives carried out over the two decades, UNIMED has promoted the collaboration between universities of the Mediterranean, becoming a point of reference of the international university cooperation.
The Regional Development Agency Green Karst, Ltd. (RDA Green Karst) acts as an institution on the regional level with the aim of enhancing development in all aspects of working and living in the Primorsko-notranjska region. It functions as a regional co-ordinator of interests on the local as well as on the national level in the fields of regional development, economy, human resources, environment and natural resources management, and rural development.
The RDA Green Karst is a non-profit organization, aimed at developing, enhancing and sustaining regional development. It provides development, organizational, technical and professional support for the development of the region through the following services:
- coordination and communication with the aim of enhancing participation of regional stakeholders,
- project development and management, including financial management,
- training for public and private sector,
- information, communication and promotion activities.
There are two departments within the RDA:
In addition to other activities, the RDA has been actively involved in numerous international projects (INTERREG III A, INTERREG III B, MEDITERAN, and other national and international programmes), funded by the EFRD, ESF etc. This is one of the main focuses for future activities as well.
The RDA Green Karst is a reliable partner with extensive experience in project management, consulting services and regional development. Our staff are dedicated, knowledgeable about various areas of interests and determined to generate changes in our natural and social environment. Therefore we welcome you to contact us with the possibility of creating future partnerships.