InfoPolis #133
December 2015

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Dear members,

Welcome to this year's final issue of InfoPolis.

The past weeks' agenda was dominated by the negotiations taking place at COP21 in Paris. From 30 November till 11 December at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), governments agreed on the Paris climate deal, which requires significant emission reductions in the coming years.

Polis participated in several COP21 related events in Paris. For example, I joined a panel debate organised by the Île-de-France region on "Innovative and Sustainable Mobility: Towards a smart management of mobility and energy in a major metropolis", where I highlighted how Polis fosters cooperation on and support its members with the deployment of environmentally friendly mobility measures. Read more about COP21 in this InfoPolis.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the good cooperation throughout the year! Working with you all from across Europe, and now even beyond, has many inspiring facets, is challenging at times but always rewarding. The end of a year is a thankful moment to look back at the vivid cities and regions we have the chance to work with and to thank you for your trust. I look forward to continuing cooperation with you in the years to come!

The POLIS team wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy 2016!

Yours sincerely,
Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General

PS: Find here our Christmas card - zoom, pan and enjoy some photos of the 2015 Polis Annual Conference!


Polis AGA documents available for members

Documents from this year's Annual General Assembly are now available for members online. This includes the 2015 activity report and 2016 strategy. Access here.

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Member in the Spotlight: Evaluating mobility planning in Dresden

It has taken five years for Dresden from kick-starting the SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan) process to its political adoption, thus the outcomes are auspicious.

Even with a young SUMP, Dresden's approach of monitoring and evaluation of the SUMP and its implementation process has received recognition: Dresden along with Ghent, Bremen and Thessaloniki, Bremen was shortlisted for the most recent edition of the European SUMP Award which European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc presented in Brussels in March 2015.

Dr. Matthias Mohaupt, head of department for transport and development planning in Dresden, points out that monitoring the SUMP's implementation helps to identify problems early and to produce updates for decision makers and local stakeholders. He also stresses the importance of stakeholder involvement in an interview that has been published in 'Thinking Cities', Issue 4, May/2015, page 53. Read the interview here.

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