Bonjour and Goedemorgen from Brussels

We are pleased to deliver the first issue of @CitiesAlliance from Brussels, and to share with you some of the highlights from the past few months as we settled into our new home.

After a brief hiatus, we are pleased to deliver the March 2014 edition of @CitiesAlliance to your inboxes. It is our first newsletter from our new base in Brussels, and we are delighted to share with you some of the highlights from the past few months as we settled into our new home. 

It has been a busy time, both personally and professionally. Eight staff made the transition from Washington to Brussels, and each of had a range of issues to resolve, from schools to housing, from English to French and Flemish, and from the capital of the USA to the political capital of Europe.  

Thanks to the diligence of our staff, there was little or no break in our professional work – the annual meeting in Ouagadougou was organised, and the Burkina Faso Country programme was launched.

EXCO established a Working Group on Governance issues which has already met twice, while the Secretariat has prepared a draft Medium-Term Strategy for the period 2014-2016, to be considered by the Executive Committee at its meeting in Medellin on April 6th.

The World Urban Forum, which is taking place in Medellin 5-11 April, is always a significant event for the Cities Alliance. Members are invited to come to the CA booth and meet some of the new staff, and attend some of our events, including a networking event on Secondary Cities and a new event – a city walk organised with SDI and WIEGO.

Other developments include the publication of our 2013 Annual Report, and an upcoming Call for Proposals for our Catalytic Fund.

Last but not least, we introduce you to six new staff members, some new to the Cities Alliance and some longtime colleagues who have recently transferred to UNOPS. They are all very welcome additions to the Cities Alliance team, and we are delighted to have them on board.


William Cobbett, Director