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Cities for the Future: Learning from the Global to the Local-A Cork City Gathering Flagship event

Cities for the Future: learning from the global to the local 
Thursday September 26 & Friday September 27- City Hall, Cork. 
A Cork City Gathering Flagship event

Cities for the Future: learning from the global to the local is part of a new initiative called EcCoWell which, by building on areas of common interest, aims to create cities which offer their citizens a better quality of life.

This two day international event will explore how our cities could develop over the coming decades if resources are used efficiently. It’s an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with like-minded people from overseas and from all over Ireland, north and south.

EcCoWell proposes that integrating strategies across the areas of ecology, economy (Ec), community, culture (Co), well-being, lifelong learning (Well), taking a holistic approach to policies, will lead to humane cities that foster quality of life and well-being for their residents.

It’s not about spending more money – rather it’s about being more efficient, by building on areas of common interest between sectors. 

The concept has been developed by PASCAL International Exchanges (PIE). PASCAL emerged from work done on lifelong learning by the OECD. Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival is a PIE member.

he two day free event is organised by EcCoWell Cork, an interest group of individuals drawn from Healthy Cities, Cork Environmental Forum, Cork City Council, and Education. 

EcCoWell promotes integrating strategies to maximise the positive impacts on the health and educational opportunities of all citizens as well as developing the environmental and economic sustainability of the city, resulting in greater equality, social inclusion and ultimately a better quality of life.

The Cork event incorporates a conference, a marketplace for ideas, site visits to local initiatives, and cultural experiences.

On Thursday September 26 delegates will hear from keynote speakers:

-          Professor Mike Osborne, Co-Director PIE & University of Glasgow on Learning Cities;

-          Joan Devlin, WHO Secretariat Healthy Cities, Belfast;

-          José Ignacio Arriba, City Council, Vitoria Gasteiz, Basque Region, Spain – (European Green Capital 2012);

-          Professor Michael Parkinson, Director EU Institute for Urban Affairs, Liverpool John Moores University.

In the afternoon there are Open Networking Sessions, when delegates, local and international, will exchange information about their projects and hear about others – a great opportunity to learn from each other.

Seán Sherlock TD, Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills with responsibility for Research and Innovation, chairs the Q & A session which follows.  The day ends with a buffet dinner and entertainment.

On Friday September 27 delegates are received by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Catherine Clancy in the Council Chamber, City Hall. Afterwards they will be taken to visit exciting and innovative projects locally which illustrate how this holistic approach is working well in practice.

They’ll also experience cultural life in Cork by choosing between a number of fun activities: building a currach, road bowling, a walking or cycling tour, a visit to a sweet factory or museum, a music workshop, a trip on the River Lee.

Cities for the Future should be of interest to people from all levels of local and national government, the voluntary & community sectors, researchers & academics working in the areas of health, environmental sustainability, economics and education.

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