A recent visit to the City of Aurora, Colorado by a group of Dutch practitioners resulted from connections made at an October 2021 Strong Cities Network workshop in Brussels. In May, Mr. Rob Out, National Advisor on PCVE and International Police Cooperation at National Police Netherlands led a visit by Dutch police officers to Aurora for what was a valuable exchange.
On Thursday 26 May 2022, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) launched the first in a four-part webinar series on one of the most pressing urban issues of our time: city-level responses to refugee flows. The series explores different city-level responses across the refugee response cycle, bringing together officials and non-government actors from across the world to share their experiences. In the first of these webinars, we examine the short-term responses of local governments when faced with large-scale population movements.
On 11 May, Young Cities held its first Showcase event in Amman, Jordan, with the support of Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and local partner, the WANA Institute. Showcase events are a cornerstone of the Young Cities programme. They elevate young people as critical actors in addressing key community challenges, while providing an opportunity for them to connect with local, national and international leaders so that all groups can advance their mutual interests.