Seville has been from its origins a city with a universal vocation, a meeting place for cultures, an example of coexistence and a bridge between civilizations. In 2019 we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the greatest milestone in maritime history: The First Circumnavigation of the World. An event in which Seville played an important role, extending ties and becoming the port of America and the gateway to Europe.

For this reason, our city, committed like many other capitals of the world with the global challenges set by the New Urban Agenda of the United Nations 2030, signed in Quito (Ecuador) in January 2019, has wanted to take advantage of this event to constitute a space of meeting between local governments, where we can analyze and debate the global challenges that allow us to advance in a more inclusive and sustainable development from the economic, social and environmental point of view.

Juan Espadas Cejas, mayor of Seville.

The progressive movement of people towards cities represents a fundamental change in global development. A study by the United Nations predicts that by 2050 more than two-thirds of the people in the world will be living in urban centres. This is why it is so important to focus on populations in order to create models that will enable us to meet the challenges of Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


It was from this premise that the city of Seville proposed the creation of the Global Forum of Local Governments, an international meeting to discuss new challenges nowadays.

A space where the objective is to turn cities into more sustainable places that are committed to the management of natural spaces and that seek to be more efficient. Among the action plans are: tackling extreme poverty, fighting injustice and finding a solution to climate change.



For three days, the city of Seville will become the capital of sustainability, where debates and open forums will take place with the participation of renowned personalities to cooperate in the elaboration of proposals and visions that contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

With the aim of promoting the creation of a more aware and better prepared citizenry among the challenges and changes that are taking place in our society.

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The first day begin with four forums based on: The Era of Smart Cities, social policies for sustainability in the framework of Agenda 2030, Inclusive Cities as shared social development and sustainable destinations for cultural tourists.

In turn, there will be several parallel forums, on the one hand, “Network of Magellanic Chambers of Commerce” in a meeting between different organizations, and on the other hand, “Group of Ibero-American Universities La Rábida“. In addition to several thematic workshops.

In the afternoon, the Royal Alcazares of Seville will host a welcome reception and the presentation of the Golden Experince awards.

On Friday, it will start with the continuation and conclusions of the forums and then attend a series of lectures on the four main themes. In the afternoon there will be thematic panels and visits to unique facilities in the city.

Finally, Saturday will be the closing day of the event, although the signing of new agreements and the reading of the manifesto of this II Global Forum of Local Governments will take place before that.



Visits and meetings of Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville, to others representatives of governments


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