Metropolis is a network of currently about 140 capitals and cities with more than one million inhabitants. The aim of this network is the mutual exchange and the support and common lobbying for the interests of the city towards international organizations (UNO etc.) and national governments. Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller acts as interim president of the network and has submitted his candidacy for the office of network president.
The SCC project aims to develop concrete strategies, ideas and formats that enable the functioning of mutual support and exchange between cities and form a solid scientific basis for city strategies. Within the framework of SCC, city authorities and researchers/institutions concerned with urban sustainability will be connected. Several tools have been developed for this purpose, such as the digital platform “use (urban sustainability exchange)”. It functions as an instrument for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is aimed at those responsible for planning in politics and administration as well as at urban practitioners. By means of international case studies and the networking of actors from research, politics, administration and urban practice, what use achieves in digital space is to be transferred to urban space.
Regular interactive webinars offer city officials and academics the opportunity for informal exchange on strategies and projects. These webinars are led by Prof. Paul James, Director of the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, and his team.
In order to create the conditions for effective networking, interface meetings are organized where city officials and researchers meet physically. The project also promotes the development of local staff (working groups of city officials, academics and stakeholders) on a topic that cities consider important. These local employees can then connect with similar structures, experts or municipal officials who are working on a similar challenge or who have worked recently.
BBJ Consult AG’s support for the concerns of the Berlin Senate includes …
- … the coordination and organizational support within the framework of the Berlin interim presidency of the Metropolis Network, in particular the participation of the Governing Mayor in the annual meetings 2018, 2019 and the World Congress 2020;
- … the content and coordinating support in linking various activities of the Berlin Metropolitan Region, in preparing the World Council meetings organized by the UCLG, the Executive Committee meetings and the General Assembly as well as the Berlin Metropolitan Initiative “Sustainable Cities Collaboratory”;
- … the acquisition of the participating cities, speakers, moderators, participants and scientific institutions within the framework of Berlin initiatives and events as well as the communication, coordination and correspondence with them and with the general secretariat of the metropolis, scientific advisors, the Senate Chancellery and the UCLG Secretariat;
- … the development of objectives, the conception, preparation, implementation and follow-up of events.
Project duration: 12.03.2018 – 31.12.2020
Volume: EUR 167.904,00
Contracting authority: Berlin Senate Chancellery (formerly Berlin Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection)