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Urban Water Agenda 2030 Core Group of Cities raises the bar of ambition

At their meeting in Brussels on 16 May 2017 the majority of the Core Group of Cities for the Urban Water Agenda 2030 agreed that this new initiative should be driven by a strong political commitment of city level decision makers. The Core Group members also expressed their hope that the Urban Water Agenda, once fully in operation, will provide committed cities with an entry point for contributing to EU water policy development as well as with fresh opportunities for capacity-building.

The Core Group was recently formed by the European Commission, DG Environment, after a call for Expressions of Interest and is now composed of the following cities, the majority of them being members of EUROCITIES and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Bonn, Bratislava, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Genk, Leeds, Lisbon, Leeuwarden, Malmö, Mannheim, Murcia, Paris, Porto, Stockholm, Tallinn, Thessaloniki, Timisoara, Turin, and Wroclaw.

The Core Group came together on 16 May to reflect on the local needs and expectations to which the Urban Water Agenda should respond. The group members also provided their perspective on the strategic thrust and direction which the initiative should take.

Earlier this year, ICLEI and EUROCITIES were contracted by the European Commission to develop a strategy for the Urban Water Agenda 2030 that builds on the outcomes of a Europe-wide consultation process.  After a first round of feedback from the 20 Core Group members, the draft strategy will be subject to a larger consultation with cities and other stakeholders in urban water management that is due to start mid June.

Please contact water@iclei.org for further information or to indicate your interest in participating in the upcoming Urban Water Agenda 2030 consultation.

Publication date: 17 May 2017