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31 October – 12 November 2021
26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Glasgow

The Collective Power of Regional Networks for a Sustainable and Green Recovery
At COP26 in Glasgow, abstract plans are being made, but at the local level we really need to put sustainability into practice. Sustainable Development Goal #17 underlines the crucial necessity for global partnerships in delivering on the European Green Deal for a green transition. On the 10th of November from 14.00-15.30 CET four networks representing over 200 European regions - the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), Assembly of European Regions (AER), Vanguard Initiative (VI) and Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe (ENCORE) - join forces to examine the role of various actors within European regional networks in promoting and delivering on the Green Deal across Europe.

The workshop will examine the importance of political and citizen engagement in regional networks and how active participation of both can strengthen Green Deal policy objectives. It will also explore how research organisations and the business community are building relationships through EU networks to further explore and meet the EU’s Green Deal objectives.

Collaboration between networks, governments, businesses, citizens and research institutes is necessary to come up with solutions for the grand societal challenges of our time. The four networks involved have never collaborated on this scale. We will cultivate a cooperative network of networks and strengthen the ecosystem for interregional collaboration, which contributes to SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals). This event will provide the opportunity for stakeholders across all networks to build alliance and partnerships.

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  • 14.00-14.10 - Setting the scene: multi-stakeholder governance for a sustainable and green recovery
    Introduction of the relation between Goal #17 and delivering on the EU Green Deal from a global perspective

    Moderator : Louis Meuleman, visiting professor public governance KU Leuven, expert on (sustainability) governance and metagovernance, public administration reform and sustainability transitions. Vice-chair of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA).

  • 14.10-14.40 - Citizen engagement in a sustainable and green recovery
    Pitches & discussion round 1

    Magnus Berntsson, Regional Minister of Environment at Region Västra Götaland. President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) since May 2017.

    Cllr Pádraig McEvoy, Kildare County Councillor, member of Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly, Alternate Member of the Irish Delegation to Committee of the Regions (CoR). Political representative in ENCORE

    Sophie Jäger, English and German Interpretation & Translation graduate, specialising in Natural Sciences. YouthCORE 2021 representative

  • 14.00-14.10 - Engagement of business and cross-border organizations in a sustainable and green recovery
    Pitches & discussion round 2

    Ellen Mulder, Director International Affairs and Lobby at Provincie Gelderland, Vanguard Initiative (VI) representative

    Martin Guillermo, Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) & Mrs. Ann-Sofie Backgren, President of the Executive Committee of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)

  • 15.10-15.30 - The importance of European regional networks delivering on the Green Deal from a European perspective
    Wrap-up and conclusions

    EC representative (TBC)

  • Take-aways
    Louis Meuleman

11 November 2021
26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Glasgow

poster of the side event

The 4th goal of COP26 is all about cooperation: work together to deliver. During this panel, a communicator from the Helmholtz Climate Initiative, a local politician representing the European Green Leaf award winner and youth representatives from JEF and YouthCORE will share their perspectives on how they can join forces in order to deliver on the COP26 goals. They each have their own role, strengths and limitations.

The aim of this event is to show which participants are involved in stakeholder activities on climate action, what they can learn from each other, how they can cooperate and what limits are there for each single partner in this process. We want to start a discussion and a lively network online and on our social media channels where everyone who is interested can participate and share experiences and advice.

Speakers:

Roland Koch, Head of Communication – Climate Initiative at Helmholtz Association
Andreas Graversen, Board member at JEF Europe
Agata Meysner, Director at Generation Climate Europe
Bert Frings, Alderman for Sustainability, Climate & Environment, Public Space and Mobility at Gemeente Winterswijk
Sophie Jäger, YouthCore representative

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