O International Program on Urban Cooperation (IUC) aims to enable cities / regions in different parts of the globe to connect and share solutions to problems in common. It is part of a long-term European Union strategy to promote sustainable urban development in cooperation with both the public and private sectors as well as with community groups and citizens.
Through engagement with IUC, cities / regions will have the opportunity to share and exchange knowledge with their international counterparts, building a greener and more prosperous future.
The IUC is an opportunity for cities / regions to learn from each other, to set ambitious goals, to form lasting partnerships, to test new solutions and to promote their international profile.
Funded by the European Union, the activities of the International Program on Urban Cooperation (IUC) support the achievement of political objectives both at local level and related to important international agreements on urban development and climate change, such as the Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Objectives and the Paris Agreement.
The IUC program collaborates with important partners and international financial institutions to connect city decision makers with potential funders. Business from European Union countries will be an important partner for the activities of the sustainable urban development and innovation cooperation components for local and regional development. Target countries include China, India, Japan, Canada, Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru.
The partnership between the regions of Paraná and Valencia began in February.2018, after a specific call service announced by EURADA - European Association of Development Agencies.