Long term financial sustainability is guaranteed

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generate new financial resources and job opportunities to the program’s beneficiaries.
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Long term financial sustainability is guaranteed through local partner “ownership” of the program in which they assume "ownership" of the center after one year, and must seek funds for the continuance of this project from other foundations and international institutions. Social, cultural and economic sustainability are insured by training these individuals to compete in the workforce and live more independent lives, promoting opportunities for them as well as teaching them to preserve their cultural heritage, The POETA program is supported by the United Nations Convention on Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities and the Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities. It meets out basic criteria of Impact, Partnership and Sustainability. A commitment in European countries is required in compliance with European Union directives relating to the approval of the Kyoto Protocol, a mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This requires the participation and leadership of local governments in adopting policies in sectors such as transport, town planning, building, waste handling, energy efficiency and development of new energy sources. It is in this context that the FEMP (Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces) and the Ministry for Environment signed a collaboration agreement to create a stable framework of relationships for setting up an initiative to prevent pollution and mitigate climate change. This aimed at encouraging policies of sustainable development at the municipal level from which the Spanish Network of Cities for the Climate emerged as a tool for working and management. The Spanish Network of Cities for the Climate, with over 60 Spanish cities, is a section of the FEMP that councils and branches join voluntarily by full agreement, fulfilling a series of requirements and assuming a working plan divided into two phases. During the first phase it is necessary to incorporate a series of actions that serve as references for future actions and allow a change in the trend for the emission of greenhouse gases. In the second phase, the measures have greater financial relevance once the institutional and technical framework plus the participation of those involved have been settled. The areas of action by the network cut across various sectors: transport, energy, building and town planning. The objectives include providing solutions that can be implemented by councils to reduce climate change and its effects, working on adaptation and promoting strategic environmental planning as a tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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