- Birgit de Boissezon, Head, Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission (tbc)
- Alain Flausch, Secretary General, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
- Paulius Kulikauskas, Chief, Office for Europe and European Institutions, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
- Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent (tbc)
Moderator: Caroline Petit, Deputy Director, United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
Within the last two years, several key agreements on the international level have been reached: In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of ambitious goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Its goal number 11 calls to ‘make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.’ One year later, the United Nations adopted the New Urban Agenda, a global milestone agreement to guide worldwide efforts towards sustainable urbanization. Also in 2016, the European Union agreed upon the Urban Agenda for the EU, an integrated approach to deal with the urban dimension of European Union and national policies and legislation. The next World Urban Forum, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2018, will focus on Cities 2030 and how cities could achieve the SDGs implementing the New Urban Agenda.
The event will elaborate how cities and regions in Europe can work on implementing the Urban Agendas when planning their cities for 2030. Are national urban policies instruments used in Europe? Are stakeholders engaged in the elaboration of the urban policies at the city or regional level? How are we going to measure implementation and ensure that the achievements of the SDGs are sustainable on time? Is the European Union ready to increase the voice of local governments in the urban policies? Is the European Union going to support a deep transformation at the UN demanding the increase of the presence of local governments in inter-governmental decisions?
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