I have just come back from the day 1 of the annual URBACT conference in Copenhagen. This year’s theme is “Cities of tomorrow – action today”. And what a great title – because one of the key things we need for cities is for politicians and other decision makers to actually do things in cities.
- Partnerships – more work to be done around public/private/university partnerships
- Public procurement – social clauses in public procurement contracts. As a CLES board member, I think we should actually take this a step further and look at work around procurement in more detail to ensure that public procurement also supports sustainable local development. See for example: Procurement is the new regeneration.
- Social housing – in Copenhagen there is a target of keeping social housing at 20%. And there is also a job of improving the perception of social housing in the rest of the community.