Program Launch and Symposium

May 25-27, 2011
The program was kicked-off with a high-level launch ceremony at the Vienna City Hall (May 25), followed by the Innovative and Sustainable Cities Symposium (May 26-27) held at the Rainers Hotel in Vienna. The launch included remarks by 2 representatives of the City of Vienna, Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, and World Bank Senior Management. It was concluded with a keynote address by the Deputy Mayor of Poznan, Poland. The audience included City Mayors from South-East Europe and from other cities in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, as well as heads of associations of local authorities, and civil society representatives and academia. The Symposium featured practitioners presenting their experience in addressing leadership challenges looking at economic, financial, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable urban development. It was an opportunity to validate priorities and key issues in the region.




"The MFSA tool is very useful and can help LGs assess their financial performance and look for additional financing. On the other hand, it is a huge responsibility to translate the budget into strategies that will drive LG's development",
Reisa Duraj, Head of Finance and Treasure Relations Sector of the Shkoder Municipality, Albania

"This capacity building program will enhance knowledge and skills of local governments, particularly of medium and large cities."

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E-learning offered through WB e-Institute (Open Learning Campus) and NALAS e-Academy

UPP’s three-tier approach to knowledge, learning and innovation includes providing dynamic learning and capacity building opportunities in form of an E-learning curriculum delivered under the World Bank e-Institute - Open Learning Campus. E-learning is offered twice a year to local government officials and urban practitioners from SEE and is facilitated by local experts. Upon successful finalization, participants received a certificate of completion. For the moment the courses are offered in English but we are working towards translation and customizing of the courses to some of the SEE local languages, to be offered through the NALAS e-Academy. 

As a part of UPP and NALAS collaboration NALAS e-Academy already offers following courses in Albanian and Macedonian languages: Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning, Tools for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE), Street Addressing and Management of the City.

Courses offered through OLC World Bank