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).
GLOBAL FORUM OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
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.
Created in 2010 by the European Committee of the Regions it is made up of 80 members; half are representatives of the European Union and the other half of the countries of the Mediterranean Arc, from Mauritania to Turkey.
IOM, the UN Migration Agency, participates in the 2018 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), which is underway from 9-18 July, by co-organizing three events to address the migration related aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN Headquarters in New York.
It is an ambitious project that aims to recover the historic heritage of Seville. Initially it will affect 30 unique areas which include the Royal Artillery Factor, the home os Luis Cernuda, the market `Puerta de la Carne´, among others. All of them are included in the program ´Singular Spaces´.