AEBR Global Initiative:


Since 2010 AEBR is implementing several projects in different continents. Here you can find an overview of current actions.


Since January 2019, AEBR is part of INNOVACT project funded by the European Commission. INNOVACT promotes the exchange of experiences between the European Union and Latin America in the field of regional development. The project supports innovation in cross-border contexts, bringing together regional authorities, agencies and the private sector to develop common objectives. The project takes place in different border regions of Latin American countries: Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. During the second quarter of the year, AEBR has been supporting the designing of training programs as well as the organization of working visits to Europe and Latin America.

AEBR is carrying out technical assistance in many topics to support Latin American subnational entities. In May, the Association organised a training action on transboundary river basins issues that provided participating local entities in Ecuador and Colombia with technical-legal assistance for the creation of cross-border cooperation organizations and strategies. Trainers from FCEER (Galicia-North Portugal), Piura Region (Peru), Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (Argentina) and AEBR staff exchanged best practices and experiences with AEBR Ecuadorian and Colombian partners.


Stages of students of Extremadura in CBC projects in Latin America
During the first quarter of the year and in collaboration with the University of Extremadura (Spain), AEBR has launched a training program for master students in international cooperation interested in learning more about experiences of cross-border cooperation in Latin America. Thus, between January and March, four students supported the implementation of AEBR initiatives and projects in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia in the fields of strategic planning, sustainable development and watershed management from a cross-border perspective.


The Organisation of American States (OAS) opens a department to coordinate with American regional governments

The OAS has created a department for its General Secretariat to coordinate with regional governments, with the argument that sub-national governments can contribute to consolidate peace in the continent. The regulation creating this department states that OAS must “strengthen regional governments at the hemisphere in the framework of Inter-American principles and values”. It also acknowledges that there are situations disturbing peace in the Americas which, to be appropriately handled, need a sub-national focus. OAS Secretariat General should therefore boost spaces for dialogue with regional governments. An annex to the regulation provides OEA for designing and implementing mechanisms to promote peace at sub-national level in collaboration with regional governments.

A stronger role of OAS in governance matters was missing in the last times, and particularly on the growing role of local and intermediate governments. These receive many development responsibilities (very often without the appropriate financing), especially when in less developed territories, more peripheric (even remote), frequently under very difficult working conditions, lack of competences, etc.

Peaceful relationship with the neighbours, conflict resolution, dialogue and collaboration are preconditions to face an integrated and sustainable development of territories promoting their citizens’ prosperity. For this reason, AEBR welcomes this new focus of OAS to boost spaces of dialogue with regional governments in the Americas, following the path of other international and multilateral organisations such as the European Union or United Nations.


Greater Tumen Initiative

On 21-23 August 2019 AEBR was invited by the German agency for international cooperation (GIZ) to take part in a high-level meeting of the Greater Tumen Initiative, to promote cross-border cooperation between China, Mongolia, the Russian Federation and North Korea. Other countries in the regions were also invited, such as Japan and South Korea.

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