The project "Municipal citizen participation in Lusatia", funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), focussed on the question of what role citizen participation at municipal level can play in the structural change process in Lusatia.
Municipalities with up to 50,000 inhabitants can now apply to take part in the pilot project Municipal Development Councils. Between May 2022 and October 2023, the pilot project will support four partner municipalities in setting up a Municipal Development Advisory Council.
The Climate Transparency Report 2021 was published on 14 October 2021. The report is the world's most comprehensive annual report on G20 countries' climate action and their transition to a zero-emission economy. The independent, comparative assessment draws on the latest analysis of internationally renowned data sets, as well as qualitative data from leading experts in the field. The analysis...
In contrast to the 2017 federal elections, migration and asylum policy issues only played a subordinate role in this year's election campaign. Nevertheless, there is hope that a new government will tackle the challenges of this policy area more strongly after the elections.
Two weeks before the G20 summit in Rome and COP26 in Glasgow, Climate Transparency has published the Climate Transparency Report 2021 - the most comprehensive annual report on the climate activities of the G20 countries.
A core topic of the HVGP is the promotion of transdisciplinarity. In contrast to interdisciplinarity or multidisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity incorporates knowledge and experience that originate outside the scientific system. Transdisciplinary research not only questions other stakeholders, but also involves them in the research process from the outset.
Cities and municipalities across Europe have shown their voluntary willingness to take in people seeking protection in recent years. These welcoming municipalities are growing in number and, together with the many civil society groups, they stand for a Europe of solidarity that respects human rights and takes responsibility for the protection of human lives.
Since 2015, talk of the supposed refugee crisis has been omnipresent. According to the UNHCR, over 80 million people worldwide were on the run at the end of 2020, but most of them do not make it to Europe and remain in the Global South. In reality, the crisis lies in the lack of access to protection via regulated, safe routes to Europe.
70 years after the adoption of the Geneva Convention on Refugees, European asylum and migration policy is at an impasse. Yet the cities and municipalities in Europe are very willing to take in refugees. At the end of June, mayors from various European cities and municipalities met in Palermo at the "From the Sea to the City" conference to look for solidarity-based solutions to the humanitarian...
On 25 and 26 June, mayors from all over Europe will come together with civil society actors in Palermo for a conference of cities for a Europe of solidarity and propose solutions for the reception of refugees.