The main goal of the Training is to build the capacities, the networks and the bonds so that the public officials and the citizens of the area continue to provide strategies against the climate change in their communities.The activities begun on Sunday, 8th with the presentation of the participants, a tour of the recreational street and a conference by “El Desafío” Foundation of Rosario.
On September 9that the Head Office of the Argentine University of Rosario, Mónica Fein, the City Mayor, Ricardo Bertolino, RAMCC Executive Director and José Goity, the General Secretary of the Argentine University of Rosario, participated of the training opening under the slogan: “Climate Change: from the international schedule to the domestic one”.
During the workshop, the main concepts of the anthropogenic climate change were covered in depth, as well as the local implications of the international agreements. Also, tools regarding the integral and innovative operation of the territories were provided in order to accelerate and to delve into the progression towards low-carbon economies, more resilient to the climate change.
Monica Fein pointed out that “climate change is a daily challenge. From the Municipality’s perspective, we believe that the local governments should exchange experiences to learn from one another. The usage of experiences that have been successful somewhere else and the possibility to learn from those experiences are the main reasons for building a network and coordinating our actions in such network. When we participated in the Paris Agreement, we understood the importance of an unquestionable contribution that local governments must do”.
She further added that “each of the challenges of our local government were carried out by a sustainable office since we decided that they are the main stain of the issues that the city faces such as: the mobility, the municipal waste, the energy, the social policies, the public spaces, the development of the entrepreneurial economy. Most certainly, the experiences to be shared at this point will improve the actions of each of the governments”.
As for Bertolini, he pointed out that “there is a big group of Argentine Mayors and mayors of other nationalities who came to take part in the workshop, such as seven mayors from Honduras and representatives from Paraguayan, Uruguayan and Colombian Municipalities. The group formed is very diverse; and, that is why, we believe that the exchange of information will be fruitful. We are going to go through different experiences, in line with a considerable schedule, particularly through actions in the territory, and we are sure that more initiatives will come up. One of the purposes is that Rosario becomes a model from which other municipalities, which had not yet taken the actions that we did, may learn in connection with mobility, energy and waste”.
This workshop is meant to be an opportunity to build abilities, to bond and to create networks so that committed public officials and citizens of the area continue contributing to the resilient development against the climate change. Moreover, the proposal stems from the importance of peer learning and interdisciplinary learning, and from the experience of providing answers that bring about local solutions to global problems.
Translator: Victoria Suárez