A new exchange between regions of the Urban Cooperation Program (IUC) of the European Union has taken place among the representatives of the State of Yucatan, Mexico, and the Ljubjana region, Slovenia; whose objective was to identify opportunities to establish collaborative relationships between regions for sustainable urban development.
The work agenda began with the meeting between both delegations, where the representatives of Yucatan welcomed the team from Slovenia. When the meeting was finished, the Slovenian delegation met with the Secretary of Sustainable Development to learn about their lines of action and the presentation of the week’s agenda. Then they visited a cenote as an example of sustainable tourism, one of the main economic activities of the state of Yucatan.
The meeting continued with the visit to the company “Apiturismo Sinanché” that combines beekeeping with the dissemination and ecological awareness as a business model. In the state of Yucatan there are still many Mayan communities, which have an independent government, so representatives of the Ejido of San Crisanto shared in detail the operation and management model of this Mayan community that manages and develops in a sustainable manner.
They continued with a Workshop where Yucatan representatives participated in sustainable tourism projects, universities and public organizations. The above subject was shown in order to analyze the different models of sustainable tourism and deepen the knowledge of some of them in the Yucatan region.
Last week, they attended as guests of honor the event held within the framework of the signing of the adhesion of mayors to the Global Compact against climate change, which was attended by the EU ambassador to Mexico and in which the MoU was also signed between the two regions.
To end the event, they attended a working meeting with representatives of government agencies of the state of Yucatan and the city of Mérida to analyze the issue of sustainable mobility and learn about some projects that are being developed in the region, they also had the opportunity to interact with various regional stakeholders.
The second day of the journey began with a visit to the Technological Park of Yucatan where the delegation of Ljubljana was able to know the main activities of the technology center based on geolocation CentroGeo, the center of research and conservation of the flora of the region and traditional Maya knowledge, the Heuristic technology promotion center, as well as the research center on materials from recycling.
In the afternoon, they worked on topics of the regional strategy aligned with the UN’s sustainable development objectives and solid waste management in both regions. Then the two delegations presented their lines of action in this regard and were able to share experiences and learnings looking for areas specific to potential collaboration.
The encounter closed with a meeting with the representatives of the city of Valladolid, Yucatán, to learn about the main challenges of this city in the areas of waste management and sustainable tourism. There was an intense meeting of conclusions between representatives of Yucatan and Ljubljana to analyze the mission and work on the next steps.
The International Urban Cooperation Program (IUC) aims to support cities in different regions of the globe to connect and share solutions for common problems in sustainable urban development within the framework of the New Urban Agenda and the fight against Climate Change. The community initiative revolves around three main areas: cooperation between cities that will provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practices, specific issues of urban development, the establishment of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and for Latin America, a program of exchanges between regions to stimulate regional economic development through innovation, competitiveness and smart specialization.
About IUC-LAC (Latin America and the Caribe)
This is the chapter for Latin America and the Caribbean of the IUC Global program. With a budget of more than 5 million euros and three years of duration, 20 cities in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru will be chosen; and 20 regions of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru for collaborations with their European counterparts. The Global Compact of mayors for Climate and Energy will be established in 20 countries of the region.