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SUSTAINABLE CITIES - NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE MUNICIPALITIES

International conference

28 – 29 May 2018, Hilton Hotel Sofia, Bulgaria

By 2030, 3 out of 5 people will live in cities, making urbanization one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends. This unprecedented era of increasing urbanization has massive effects on populations, economies, environmental and humanitarian aspects of cities all over the world, be it developed or developing countries. Among others, it also poses massive sustainability challenge in terms of housing. In 2016, over 167 nations came together in Quito, Ecuador at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), with an objective of reinvigorating the global commitment to sustainable urbanization by producing and implementing a New Urban Agenda.

Cities can be the source of both - challenges and solutions too. If well-planned and well-managed, urbanization can serve as a powerful tool for sustainable global development. Drawing on these assumptions, Habitat for

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Happy Holidays from Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria!

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The successful practice of Habitat Bulgaria presented at a Peer Review seminar in Belfast

A Peer Review Seminar, organized by the European Network Eurochild, took place from 30 May to 1 June 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Successful practices for early intervention and parenting support were presented from Bulgaria, Northern Ireland, Wales and Poland. The Bulgarian project “Affordable housing improvements for low-income families and families at risk”, implemented by Habitat Bulgaria and local partner organizations, was reviewed as a successful practice for social inclusion and reduction of poverty. A summary of the program will be also included in a Compendium for Inspiring Practice, which will be published in 2012.

Further to the mutual learning, one of the goals of the event was to prepare a common framework for evaluation and assessment of family support practices. The forum was attended by representatives of the European Commission, the Council of Europe, The University of Dortmund and Eurochild.

The event was organizied in the frame of Eurochild’s

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Habitat Bulgaria presented the AGORA award for "Most Productive Partnership" to the initiative "Multifunctional Hall" of Karlovo Community Centre "Vasil Levski – 1861"

In Sofia was held the official Award Ceremony for announcing the winner in AGORA Platform's Contest. The winner is Chitalishte "Svetlina – Tcarevec – 1927", Svishtov Municipality. Three additional awards were presented to Chitalishtes in the fields "Solidarity and Humanity", "Most Productive Partnership" and "Art and Culture for Development".

Nominated for the Chitalishte "Oscars" were Chitalishtes that implemented their initiatives related with new cultural spaces; festivals for songs, dances, food and crafts; social and information services selected by a Contest Jury, involving professionals in the fields of civil society, media and culture.

The Contest winner of AGORA 2011 was decided on the spot by the audience members during the official ceremony. Each of the Contest participants presented their initiatives live in front of the audience.

Chitalishte "Svetlina – Tcarevec – 1927" was the definite winner of

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48 Good Community Stories

Stories about 48 "good deeds" arrived at AGORA's address till February 20th when the deadline for submission of entries for the Contest AGORA 2011 expired. The contest is organized in partnership with Habitat Bulgaria.

The successful initiatives that are going to compete for the awards in the third Contest issue are quite diverse and related with: children's festival events, new spaces for culture, information and social services, festivals for dance, songs and food, traditional celebrations and recreation of rituals, ecological and tourist initiatives and last but not least initiatives related with children and elderly people with disabilities.

That confirmed the fact that there are active civic communities all over the country from Svilengrad to Vulchedrum.

In the next days, the Contest Jury, consisting of 10 members will go through the submitted entries in order to nominate the ten most original and touching initiatives. They will go to the final round where during the

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