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  • RFSC - 19.04.2022

    Event UNECE 7 april
    At the occasion of the Regional Forum for Sustainable Development organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and as part of the Forum of Mayors, an event on the SDG localisation process in cities was held on 7 April.

    This event allowed speakers from different bodies and countries to talk about their experiences regarding the implementation of the SDGs, mainly Mrs Sidorova, working at the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava and Mr Dimitrov, representing the city of Veliki Preslav.

    This exchange of good practices showed the usefulness of the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC) for different types of stakeholders, to help them implement the SDGs in their cities, where it might not always be popular.
  • SDGs - 14.01.2021

    CEMR and URBACT join forces to localise the global goals
    CEMR has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with URBACT, the EU programme for territorial cooperation. The document formalises years of collaboration between the two organisations and prepares joint work with local and regional governments for the next two years.

    More specifically, the Memorandum paves the way for concrete actions and the creation of a pilot network on the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to run from March 2021 to September 2022. We will notably make use of URBACT’s tried and tested methodology and the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC), a self-assessment tool to evaluate and plan local policies in line with the SDGs.
  • RFSC - 25.09.2018

    The making of a sustainable city: an infographic
    Discover, the free web tool for sustainable cities, in this neatly presented infographic.
  • RFSC - 27.11.2017

    RFSC: Teaching local governments how to be more sustainable
    Our colleague Pedro, from the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC) organised a training session for Irish local governments in Dublin on 22 November. The training session aimed to deepen their knowledge of how to develop, implement and monitor sustainable development strategies.
  • RFSC - 30.09.2016

    Urban Agenda, SDGs, city design: RFSC’s newsletter is out
    Interested in sustainable urban development? Read all about these issues and more in the first edition of RFSC’s (Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities) newsletter.
  • RFSC - 01.09.2016

    Sharing sustainable concepts at URBACT Summer University 2016
    Our Project Officer for the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC), Pedro Bizarro, was in Rotterdam from 24 to 26 September to take part in URBACT Summer University 2016.

    The URBACT Summer University was an opportunity to connect with people working on urban matters all over Europe, and to see how RFSC can help URBACT projects, for example, in terms of integrated and sustainable urban development.

    For more information, visit the URBACT Summer University website here.
  • RFSC - 25.06.2014

    Join us in Brussels for the 2014 RFSC Conference!
    More than 100 European cities have reconciled their social, environmental and economic objectives through the Reference Framework for sustainable cities (RFSC). If you want to further know about their projects or to share your experience with the RFSC online tool, sign in for the next RFSC Conference to be held in Brussels on 8 October 2014.
    The conference will feature high-level speakers from European local government and give place to discussions and dialogue on various related topics, such as the role of national and local government in sustainable urban development.
    For more information about the conference, please feel free to contact the conference’s secretariat.
  • RFSC Conference - 16.04.2014

    Discover how over 100 European cities are already using the RFSC
    The conference “strengthening your integrated approach” will be also the occasion to discuss how to involve national and EU actors when implementing sustainable development programs.
    This meeting organised by RFSC (Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities) will take place on 8 October 2014 in Brussels, on the occasion of the 12th European Week of Regions and cities (Open Days).
    We will keep you informed shortly of the registration information, to come in May 2014.
  • Cities RFSC - 28.11.2013

    Video of the seminar 'Towards a European model of sustainable city' during the Open Days, 9 October 2013
    Did you miss the RFSC conference held during the Open Days in Brussels? You can now view messages from key stakeholders: European Commissioner for Regional and Urban policy Johannes Hahn, as well as several mayors and sustainability experts from all across Europe. European cities are invited to use RFSC, a free online tool to aid cities to develop  local strategies.

    Numerous testimonies demonstrate the importance of implementing local strategies and policies that take into account sustainable urban development and integration of economic, environmental and social aspects. For example, developing a public transport system that takes the environment and the integration of disadvantaged populations into account.
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