In its first edition, this congress connected over 150 delegates local governments delegates such us; Paris, Casablanca, Lima, Nápoles, Montevideo, Bangkok, Beijing, Veracruz, Rostov, La Paz, Krakow, Yamusukro, Zagreb… among others, from 26 countries in a meeting with more than a dozen different languages. Throughout its three days, more than twenty agreements were reached between different cities and were put in common the actions that each population was carrying out at the environmental, economic, technological and social levels.
The summit revolved around 4 central axes divided into;
1-. The Age of Smart Cities
2-. Local Sustainability Policies under the 2030 Agend
3-. Inclusive cities, shared social development
4-.Sustainable destinations for digital tourists
In the framework of the Forum, the SDGs, and the role that local governments are willing to play in their implementation, were the subject of study and discussion. During one of the meetings on how to locate the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs): from Agenda 21 to Agenda 2030, led by the Spanish Network for Sustainable Development (REDS) and the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he focused on the experience of the Spanish case in Agenda 21 to put Agenda 2030 into operation at the local level.
Proof of our commitment to sustainability is the celebration of the Awards the “Golden experience” awards are destined to give visibility to and reward the work carried out by Local Governments and Institutions in four different categories: Smart Cities, Sustainability, Social Inclusion and Tourism Innovation
This summit resulted in the ´Declaración de Sevilla´, a framework agreement agreed and signed by all representatives with ten objectives for the sustainable, intelligent and inclusive development of cities. Among these objectives are; to be able to implement the circular economy and the public purchase of green products; to strengthen the commitment acquired in Bogotá within the framework of the World Summit of Regional and Local Leaders; to affirm that cities are critical places for migration and development; to advance in the reform of open government and to carry out initiatives that involve citizens in a real way.
At the same time, the framework also insists on the need to open the doors to an exchange and transfer of knowledge between local governments; to develop public-private collaboration processes with technological tools to generate intelligent cities; to generate the public services necessary to offer equal opportunities to its citizens; and, in short, to promote work for the development of a new way of thinking that offers global solutions from the local level.
Depending on what local governments do or do not do in the coming decades, the future of the planet will be marked by, among other things, climate change. Therefore, one of the main objectives of this forum is to raise the awareness of municipalities in this process of implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, because cities are essential to comply with the route mapped out. It is an ambitious road map, with a time allowed of just over a decade and a very clear goal, to achieve positive change for the benefit of all.
It must be borne in mind that cities are, without a doubt, an essential agent in the fulfilment of the SDGs, not only because they are the spaces in which life is developed and in which a great deal of human capital is concentrated, but also because it is in these that important problems affecting health, the environment and the quality of life are generated.