PLATFORMA is a pan-European coalition of towns and regions active in decentralized cooperation. Its 29 partners represent towns and regions and their national associations as well as European and global networks that are active in city-to-city and region-to-region development cooperation. All members cooperate internationally to promote sustainable development. The secretariat of PLATFORMA is hosted by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).
In 2015, PLATFORMA-CEMR signed a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the European Commission which affirmed the political priorities of EU development policies. In tackling global poverty and inequalities and promoting local democracy and sustainable development, the signatories committed to act on the basis of their shared values and objectives. More information on our partners can be found at here.
“Throughout the world, towns and regions share a desire to learn and to exchange. At PLATFORMA, we transform that desire into a cooperative, global force for sustainable development. We believe in a world where no one and no place is left behind, where citizens have ownership, confidence and trust in the policies implemented in their town and region. We strive to be the hub of expertise on European local and regional governments’ international action, and aim to boost local and regional governments’ contributions to EU development cooperation policies and international frameworks.”
MARLÈNE SIMÉON, DIRECTOR OF PLATFORMA
Together with our partners, we defend the role of towns and regions and their representative associations in EU development policies and international fora. We promote international cooperation between cities and regions cross the world to boost capacity-building between peers. We facilitate knowledge exchange, peer-learning and experimental innovative approaches between towns and regions and their associations.
Every two years, we organize the PLATFORMAwards to reward best practices in cities and regions’ international action. Each autumn, we coordinate the European Days of Local Solidarity (EDLS) to raise citizens’ awareness of what their municipalities and regions do at global level. We also regularly publish studies and research papers, including an annual study on the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Cooperation between cities and regions at global level focuses on supporting local democracy, improving the lives of local communities, and achieving the 2030 Agenda. In each project, local and regional government partners join forces and work hand in hand with civil society and all other stakeholders to identify common problems and find the best solutions.
Because they are close to citizens and their needs, and know local strengths and weaknesses, the local and regional levels are the best places from which to address today’s and tomorrow’s global challenges, ensuring they receive appropriate recognition and support.”
PLATFORMA and its partners support policy dialogues with European Union (EU) institutions and member States on EU development policy, as well as between EU delegations and local and regional governments and national associations in partner countries.
The different studies recently published by the coalition, as well as concrete examples of decentralized cooperation partnerships, will be promoted through workshops and webinars throughout the second half of 2021 and beyond. To support local and regional governments’ international actions, PLATFORMA and the United Cities Local Governments (UCLG) published a training module on SDGs and decentralised cooperation that we are now disseminating. We will also carry on our exchanges with EU Delegations around the world to ensure local and regional governments are involved in the policy dialogue with the EU!
In 2022, the third biannual edition of PLATFORMAwards, which reward excellence in decentralised cooperation, will showcase best practices in city-to-city and region-to-region international development cooperation.
Finally, the European Days of Local Solidarity (EDLS), our annual pan-European campaign, mobilizes municipalities across Europe to exchange with their citizens on the SDGs and international cooperation. This year it will take place from 15 to 30 November. Join us!
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