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The EDLS 2017 just kicked off!

10 November 2017

Here we are! The European Days of Local Solidarity 2017 just kicked off today in Nantes (France). This year, more than 15 cities and regions are participating in the EDLS, to show the world that local and regional governments all together defend solidarity and sustainable development. Let’s have a look at the programme:

  • Solidarity Festival in Nantes Métropole

10-11 November: a 2-day program of exchanges, learning and celebration with a focus on the concept of “reciprocity”

11 November: a Fairtrade breakfast, followed by a series of thematic workshops, conferences, storytelling sessions… and even a multicultural ball!

Where? Cosmopolis, 18 rue Scribe, Nantes (France)

Who? Nantes Métropole

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  • From Getxo to the world, from the world to Getxo

11 November: a Solidarity fair in Getxo (Basque Country, Spain): “Getxotik Mundura, Mundutik Getxora. From Getxo to the world, from the world to Getxo.”

16 November: a debate on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): how to build up partnerships between local governments, the private sector and civil society for an effective sustainable development for all?

Where? Areetako Geltokia Plaza, Getxo (11/11) & Getxo Elkartegia C/Ogoño s/n (16/11) (Spain)

Who? Getxo & Euskal Fondoa (the Association of local authorities from the Basque country)

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  • Moldovan folklore for secondary and adult schools from Jaunpils

Between 13-18 November, secondary and adult schools from the region of Jaunpils (Latvia) will be introduced to the Moldovan folklore through concerts, art contests and games. A delegation of local representatives from Moldova will visit the region with the aim of strengthening ties and fostering dialogue.

Where? Jaunpils novads (Latvia)

Who? Latvian Association of local and regional governments (LALRG)

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  • Italian cities’ action for global sustainable development

A workshop on the promotion of Italian cities’ action for global sustainable development and a solidarity fair in the unique setting of the city of Venice on 13 November.

Where? Mercato Rio Terà, Venice (Italy)

Who? AICCRE (Italian association of local and regional governments)

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  • Local actors in Development Education

A conference on 15 November focused on new methodologies to communicate with citizens on development issues, followed by a performance on Human right defenders and a concert.

Where? Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, Barcelona (Spain)

Who? Diputació de Barcelona (DIBA) & Generalitat de Catalunya (GENCAT)

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  • Good practices lab on cooperation at the local level

On 16 November workshop with local elected officials and staff along with local Non-Governmental and Civil Society Organisations on current trends regarding decentralised cooperation.

Where? Centre de cultura Sa Nostra – Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

Who? Fons Mallorquí (Majorcan Fund for Solidarity and Cooperation)

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  • Localising the SDGs

A conference on 16 November open to interested local elected representatives, local officials, NGOs, associations and citizens on the localisation of the SDGs

Where? Escuela de administración pública, Mérida (Spain)

Who? AEXCID

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  • Launching of “Festisol” Solidarity Festival in France!

An open-air parade, a solidarity fair and concerts on 18 November for the official launching of the annual “Festival des Solidarités”.

Where? La Rotonde, 6-8 place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, 75019 Paris (France)

Who? City of Paris

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  • Cities and regions together for development education

PLATFORMA partners and all other actors involved in awareness raising will discuss on 20 November with the European Union’s institutions and exchange on the added-value and challenges of European cities and regions’ actions to raise awareness for sustainable development. Discover the agenda.

Where? House of Regions & Cities, Square de Meeûs 1, Brussels

Who? PLATFORMA secretariat

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  • Culture and human rights

From 10 to 26 November, projection of the movie Silencio del Rio by Carlos Tribiño. On 23 November at 20.30 the projection will be followed by the testimony of two human rights defenders from Colombia participating in the protection program of the Catalan government, and a round-table discussion facilitated by two Catalan NGOs.

Where? Cinemes Texas, c/ Bailen,  205, Barcelona

Who? Generalitat de Catalunya (GENCAT)

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  • SDGs local campaign

A Nicaraguan muralist painter will visit Dutch primary schools between 13 September and 3 December, to help pupils build up a mural on the 17 SDGs.

Where? Maastricht and others cities in The Netherlands

Who? The National Town-Twinning Council Netherlands-Nicaragua (Landelijk Beraad Stedenbanden Nederland-Nicaragua, LBSNN)

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