From local to global: an innovative partnership between cities and CSOs to support sustainable urban development and citizen participation within local governance 

By ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy

The European capital of democracy, the City and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg in France, the local Tunisian authorities of Kairouan and Mahdia, together with European civil society organisations – ALDA (European Association for Local Democracy), the CODATU Association (Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World) – and CEREMA French research centre officially launched the AUTREMENT Project during its kick-off conference on 27 January 2021. 

The AUTREMENT Project – Urban and Territorial Planning to Reinvent Mobility and Engage Tunisian Citizens -, started on 1 June 2020 and will run for 30 months. It aims at coping with key topical issues, such as sustainable urban development and local democracy through active citizen participation. It is supported by the European Union and is led by Strasbourg.

 The project follows a bottom-up and integrated approach. By implementing concerted urban micro-projects together with its citizens, especially the youth, women, and local stakeholders, it aims to promote walking and cycling in both Tunisian cities and improve urban mobility, participation in local affairs, and the quality of life of their citizens.  

As such, and besides addressing several SDGs, especially the SDG 11 towards sustainable cities and communities, the AUTREMENT project perfectly illustrates and embodies SDG 17 by building bridges between Europe and Southern countries through capacity strengthening knowledge and experience exchange towards a sustainable world. 

Read more about the AUTREMENT Project here.

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