Inspirational changes for a better Europe
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It will be a year that will emphasize the need for solidarity, cooperation and empathy.
Mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony
BUDAPEST APPLIED FOR THE “UNESCO WORLD BOOK CAPITAL 2023” TITLE
Today, the city of Budapest is officially submitting its application for the UNESCO title of “World Book Capital” of 2023 signed by mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony and deputy mayor Erzsébet Gy. Németh. If UNESCO supports the Hungarian tender, the Hungarian capital – on the 150th anniversary of the unification of Pest and Buda – may host the whole year-long program series in 2023.
Mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony emphasized: “ We believe that through books, reading and common cultural experiences we can talk emphatically about the essence of freedom of thought and knowledge, we can give space to topics related to environmental protection and climate change. We can point out what we have in common and what unites us. It will be a year that will emphasize the need for solidarity, cooperation and empathy. ”
One of the key goals of the 2023 competition is to have an impact on cultural, artistic, educational and social processes in the long run, building on mutually reinforcing programs, building on partnerships, creative thinkers and civil communities. The community programs of the event serve to create an even more emphasized cultural equality in the post-pandemic world.
” This year we will make reading and even novel writing a community experience, highlighting the importance of environmental protection and sustainability with the involvement of the co-arts, and we will present Budapest’s historical and contemporary book culture,” promised Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony.
According to the capital’s plans, the encounter with the book will be highly decentralized in space: in addition to large public institutions as well as central major events, the focus of the program will be on many small, unique events.
The focus of the Budapest competition is the promotion of reading, the promotion of the traditional and virtual relationship between the creator and the reader, but at the same time it wants to address the audience and the communities with the presence of other fields of art. The decision is expected to be made in the summer of 2021. Photo credit Budapest.hu
City of the month
Copenhagen is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. As a result of its commitment to high environmental standards, Copenhagen has been praised for its green economy, ranked as the top green city for the second time in the 2014 Global Green Economy Index (GGEI).
In 2001, a large offshore wind farm was built just off the coast of Copenhagen at Middelgrunden. It produces about 4% of the city’s energy. Years of substantial investment in sewage treatment have improved water quality in the harbour to an extent that the inner harbour can be used for swimming with facilities at a number of locations. Copenhagen aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025. Commercial and residential buildings are to reduce electricity consumption by 20 percent and 10 percent respectively, and total heat consumption is to fall by 20 percent by 2025. Renewable energy features such as solar panels are becoming increasingly common in the newest buildings in Copenhagen. District heating will be carbon-neutral by 2025, by waste incineration and biomass. New buildings must now be constructed according to Low Energy Class ratings and in 2020 near net-zero energy buildings. By 2025, 75% of trips should be made on foot, by bike, or by using public transit. The city plans that 20–30% of cars will run on electricity or biofuel by 2025. The investment is estimated at $472 million public funds and $4.78 billion private funds.
The city’s urban planning authorities continue to take full account of these priorities. Special attention is given both to climate issues and efforts to ensure maximum application of low-energy standards. Priorities include sustainable drainage systems, recycling rainwater, green roofs and efficient waste management solutions. In city planning, streets and squares are to be designed to encourage cycling and walking rather than driving. Furthermore, the city administration is working with smart city initiatives to improve how data and technology can be used to implement new solutions that support the transition toward a carbon-neutral economy. These solutions support operations covered by the city administration to improve e.g. public health, district heating, urban mobility and waste management systems. Smart city operations in Copenhagen are maintained by Copenhagen Solutions Lab, the city’s official smart-city development unit under the Technical and Environmental Administration.