Launch of first CONNECT-Covenant of Mayors exchange: learn from colleagues about climate!

25 septiembre 2018

The CONNECT team is happy to present to you a new opportunity for learning through an exchange with colleagues: in this case specifically, an exchange between signatories of the Covenant of Mayors in Europe and the Covenant of Mayors in  Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA), as announced during the event « Continuing Professional Development Course: Climate Response and Sustainable Urban Development in Africa » held on 3-6 September 2018 in Saly, Senegal.

We are looking for cities engaged in the CoM SSA initiative that have come across issues and/or problems related to climate change response and sustainable urban development. On what topics could external support and inter-Mayoral cooperation be of benefit to you?

Especially high level technicians and practitioners involved in the aforementioned themes are encouraged to apply for the exchange. In case there is a need for a Mayor to take part in the exchange, this is possible but the reasons why will have to be substantiated on the application form.

In order to help you with defining a topic of interest for your cities, please find below a list of potential themes:

  • Sharing experience on how to prepare strategy / climate action plan and how to put in place monitoring & evaluation tools for its implementation
  • Sharing experience on existing methodologies / systems for collecting data & data analysis
  • Sharing experience on waste management and the 3 R’s (reduction, reuse and recycling)
  • Sharing experience on awareness raising in waste management projects

The format of this exchange will be a ‘CONNECT group exposure visit’. This means that we ask you to apply as a group (max. 8 cities; from one or multiple countries), with a joint challenge which you would like to work on with European cities. You can find the application forms here (EN) and here (FR) and add a letter of engagement in French or English (you can apply as a Francophone group or an Anglophone group). The deadline for applying is the 15th of October. Don’t worry, applying is quick and easy and if you need support, please contact

The exchange is expected to take place before the end of the year. Details on date and place will follow after a match with a European town or city has been made by the CONNECT selection committee.

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CONNECT is a practical mechanism created by PLATFORMA and one of its founding partners VNG International and supported by the European Commission. It gives you the possibility to connect with international colleagues and benefit from their experience, knowledge and skills. More information on CONNECT and previous/current exchanges can be found here.

[Update] Currently we are selecting the participant(s) from the CoM SSA side. Keep your eyes and ears open, because a call for participants from the CoM EU side will be coming soon!

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