Global cities, local solutions

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The AMB and CIDOB sign a cooperation agreement to encourage reflection and research around this challenge

On 19 May, the AMB and CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) signed a collaboration agreement between the two institutions to implement the 'Global Cities, Local Solutions' project.

The 'Global Cities, Local Solutions' project is based on the idea that cities and metropolitan areas have become the main engine of economic growth and development globally. This gives rise to defined opportunities and actions in three main areas: innovation and entrepreneurship as means of creating wealth and jobs, the transformation of economic potential as part of inclusive and redistributive growth to help combat growing inequalities, and the promotion of energy-efficient economic planning as the cornerstone of an innovative and sustainable urban economy to challenge environmental degradation and climate change.

Analysis, problem identification and implementation of policies aimed at tackling and responding to these structural challenges regionally, especially in cities and metropolitan conurbations, as well as the opportunity for exchanges form part of the objectives of this agreement, through the design and coordination of a network of think tanks and research centres in participating cities, and the organisation of a working meeting in Barcelona with the entire network of partners, among other activities.

The main beneficiaries of the project are Habitat III, the AMB, the Barcelona City Council, other local governments, think tanks, universities, research centres, and foundations and NGOs with interests in inclusive and sustainable urban development.

Project activities will continue until January 2016 with a total budget of €21,800; the AMB's contribution to this is €11,680.

The agreement was signed by Jordi Portabella, vice-president of the AMB, and Jordi Bacaria, director of CIDOB.