Brochure "Local authorities acitve for the Millennium Development Goals - Context and examples of development policy committment in Bonn, Oxford, Potsdam, Nagykanizsa and Villach

The role of municipalities as key actors in the search for solutions to major global challenges such as poverty, resource scarcities and climate change is increasingly being recognised – also politically.
A recent memo from the European Commission to the European Parliament, European Council, European Economic and Social Committee, and Committee of the Regions regarding more effective development outcomes calls for enhanced governance by empowering local authorities.

Many cities and municipalities in Europe have been actively involved in local development cooperation for some time now. Besides entering into partnerships with municipalities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, they also support local projects, form part of development policy networks and have added the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to their political agenda.

The publication was created within the scope of the EU-financed project, “Networking in Europe: Local Governments meet the MDGs”. It provides an insight into concrete activities and networking in Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and Austria. Moreover, it reveals what potential for change still exists in the cooperation between the political sphere, local authorities and civil society, and makes suggestions of what can be done.


Publisher: Climate Alliance of European Cities with Indigenous Rainforest Peoples 


Editorial staff: Silke Lunnebach, Thomas Brose and Maryhen Jiménez


Frankfurt am Main 2013 (September)


English version (pdf, 1,8 MB)


German version (pdf, 1,7 MB)


Hungarian version (pdf, 1,8 MB)