Sustainable and integrated urban development in Latin American and Caribbean cities

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Date : 02/01/2012

Regions and cities constitute an institutional priority for the European Commission and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Both institutions recognise that local governments and actors play a crucial role in the elaboration and implementation of innovative projects to promote sustainable development.

Based on the experience and the methodology developed in the European Union (EU), the EC and the IDB decided to launch a joint effort to promote a pilot initiative called URBELAC (URBan European and Latin American and Caribbean cities). URBELAC is a network programme that aims to improve the quality of life in Latin American and Caribbean cities by promoting sustainable and integrated urban development, through the identification and transfer of innovative policies and integrated approaches of European cities to Latin America and the Caribbean.

This publication is aimed at presenting the main characteristics of the URBELAC network, including its objectives, activities carried out during 12 months, participant cities (eight Latin American and Caribbean cities and four European cities) and impacts generated by URBELAC implementation. Finally, based on this first URBELAC experience, a set of recommendations have been suggested with the purpose to provide useful information for the organisation of a new edition of the URBELAC programme and/or the organisation of similar future initiatives.

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Inspiring non-EU countries: URBELAC - Urban European and Latin American and Caribbean cities