Eurocities: The Development Goals
Eurocities is an organization aiming to facilitate the development in European cities. The primary goal is to create sustainable and prosperous cities for all member cities. Established in 1986, it was a collaboration from Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan, Rotterdam; it has now become a network of 190 cities from 39 countries, representing 130 million people. Here, local governments, people from various industries and academics come together to work on accomplishing set goals. These goals are defined under these titles: ·Prosperous Cities ·Inclusive Cities ·Healthy and Moving Cities ·Vibrant Cities ·Localizing Global Challenges ·Innovative City Governments
Some of these goals may seem obvious as a county's agenda, yet, in actuality, these goals are achieved faster when administered by local governments. For example, global challenges such as climate change and transition to clean energy; the process can be handled quickly by localization within the cities. Although digital transformation, another global challenge, requires detailed planning and time, city-based studies under the name of Smart Cities simplifies the process. Smart Cities is a scheme that more and more cities are embracing, as it offers a cleaner and safer life, and creates equal opportunities using the technologies adopted.
Healthy and Moving Cities means clean air and water, autonomous and environmentally friendly transportation, and regulation of the urban streets ecosystem. These are very important for the future of our world to reach the desirable quality of life by adopting a healthy and sustainable city lifestyle, especially for the settlements with populations of high-density. Environmentally friendly buses, increasing the use of green energy, arranging the streets in a way that facilitates mobility, and transitioning to digital ticket applications are just a few forward-thinking ideas. Vibrant Cities sets its goals to developing cultural and artistic activities in Eurocities. Culture and art do not only enrich city life, but also initiate positive social change. It is also a known fact that it makes a great contribution to tourism. Considering that technologies are used extensively in the field of culture and arts today, undoubtedly, cities should support event organizers and artists in such developments. For example, map applications are used to provide accurate information for the participants to navigate an event and its city at ease. Therefore, such an application is key to a successful event which needs advanced up-keeping managed by the city. The goals mentioned above have started to implement in the 190 European member cities, individually and collectively as these cities support each other. In Turkey: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Akdeniz Municipality (Mersin), Osmangazi Municipality (Bursa), Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Kadıköy Municipality, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Pendik Municipality, Beylikdüzü Municipality, Nilüfer Municipality and Beyoğlu Municipality; other parts of Europe: Vienna Municipality, Tallinn Municipality, Berlin Municipality, Munich Municipality, London Municipality, Edinburgh Municipality, Lyon Municipality, Belgrade Municipality, Warsaw Municipality and more are members of Eurocities. Eurocities expects to continuously grow as some non-Eurocities members are gaining interests in similar goals to becoming a more sustainable and livable city.
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