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The European Week 
of Regions and Cities 

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. 

This year, in response to the COVID-19 crisis and restrictions put in place around the world and to limit the spread of the virus, the European Week of Regions and Cities will be held as a virtual-only event. The 18th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities will be fully digital, with an agenda featuring 500+ online sessions, and it is spread over three weeks, from 5th to 22th October.

This month: 

The European Week of Regions and Cities


Webinar: Caring services for the elderly in rural areas


Sustainable Development Goals and COVID-19


How do our interns help achieve the Goals?

IrRADIARE is also this year taking an active part in the event. We and our projects will participate in different sessions on the third week of October, that will revolve around the theme “Green Europe”.

Join us in our EU talks! 

•  “Alentejo Green Deal” 
19th October 2020 
16:00 - 17:30 CET 
An event that is open for debate with all the EU Regions having the Green Deal objectives embedded into their regional strategy.

•  “Greener Housing, opportunity for Green Europe” 
20th October 2020 
17:00 - 17:30 CET 
This talk aims to present to the audience the project of the town of Lourinhã and its comprehensive vision with regard to understanding the social dimension and its proper framing in the urban space of cities and regions. 

  “SmarTomorrow, co-designing a greener future!”
21th October 2020 
11:00 - 13:30 CET 
Beyond showcasing best practices, this event will provide a unique meeting opportunity for innovators in the energy sustainability and digital innovation field to gather, exchange and co-design creative solutions in the regions. The event will disseminate ideas for Smart Villages in Europe and ultimately contribute to balancing urban and rural possibilities for all Europeans.

Webinar: Caring services for the elderly in rural areas 

On the 9th of October, a Webinar was hosted to talk about the different initiatives that are being developed as part of the project Caring services for the elderly in rural areas.

This project, developed in partnership with the Center for Promotion and Development of Civil Initiatives OPUS (Lodzs, Poland), IrRADIARE and Eugénio de Almeida Foundation, aims to map and disseminate new responses and new services in the care of the elderly in rural areas, by identifying and visiting successful practices in Portugal and Poland, by treating and systematizing information and, finally, by editing a Manual with the best practices identified.

In this Webinar, special introductory addresses was delivered by our CEO, Elsa Nunes, and Head of Permanent Representation in Brussels, Marcos Nogueira, as well as presentation from Flávia Duarte regarding the SocialAPP that IrRADIARE is developing in order to support Social Care Institutions.

The Sustainable Development Goals and COVID-19 

The Sustainable Development Goals are a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, these 17 goals seek to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. 

However, the COVID-19 crisis represents a turning point for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, due to its devastating consequences at the political, economic, and socio-cultural level in the 21st century. These Goals must continue to be the frame of reference for the international community, national governments and civil society in a post-coronavirus world that is seen as changing and complex, because they are the commitment and the guarantee that a better world is possible. 

Here you have some concrete data on how the crisis will affect some of the objectives: 

•  Objective 1: “No poverty” 
The COVID-19 pandemic will push an estimated 71 million additional people into extreme poverty. 

•  Objective 3: “Good health and well-being” 
The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted childhood immunization programmes in around 70 countries. 

•  Objective 8: “Decent work and economic growth” 
The COVID-19 could cause the equivalent of 400 million job losses in second quarter of 2020.

How do our interns 
help achieve the Goals? 

With the current pandemic situation, spending more time at home, we can further enhance good actions to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals

We have asked some of our interns to tell us what they usually do in their day to day life from home and these are their tips. You can also put them into practice and make the world a better place to live. 

Don’t forget that with small actions you can change the world, and together we are stronger. What are you waiting for? Take action!

Newsletter developed by the Interns Communication Team: Ana García & Cecilia Simón
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