Presenting the Durban Adaptation Charter at the International City/ County Management Association’s 100th Annual Conference

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ICMA_Sep_2014The Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) was presented at the recent International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) 100th Annual Conference in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County that was held from the 13th – 17th September 2014. Dr Tony Socci of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and key member of the DAC Steering Committee participated within several events during the conference, including the International Committee meeting, the Affiliate Association meeting, the Sustainable Committee meeting and the “Working Internationally” session. Dr Socci introduced the aims and described the implementation of the DAC, as well as advocating for participation of ICMA member cities within the DAC. There were several cities that expressed an interest in the DAC, including Dubuque (Iowa), which is a champion of international city partnerships. Dubuque have participated in a Fellows partnership that was focused on environmental sustainability with Townsville, Australia. This may also open up an opportunity for introducing the DAC to Australasia. The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators and the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth Local Government Forum also expressed an interest in the DAC, as did the Latin American Climate Adaptation Hub’s directors. Dr Socci together with ICMA’s CityLinks’ project staff will follow up on these conversations.

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