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, signed in Quito (Ecuador) in January 2019, want to make progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, implement the 2030 Agenda and make effective the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Juan Espadas, alcalde de Sevilla

Felipe VI, presidente del Comité de Honor


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 the 2030 Agenda 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.

17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, an opportunity for countries and their societies to embark on a new path with which to improve the lives of all, without leaving anyone behind. The Agenda has 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which range from the elimination of poverty to combating climate change, education, women’s equality, the defense of the environment or the design of our cities. The 2030 Agenda was unanimously approved by the 193 countries of the United Nations.

In order to make this commitment a reality, the Member States approved 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated goals, which reflect the scope and ambition of this universal plan. The SDGs reflect the complexity of development, emphasizing its social, economic and environmental dimensions.

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Current estimates put the cost of meeting the 17 goals at $2.5 trillion per year in new investment, more than the economic output of the entire African continent.

Who needs Paris? 10 smaller cities with just as much culture and style

1. Vintage Seville. Andalucia’s lively capital may lack size, but it offers an atmospheric old town, 12th-century architecture, the Moorish Alcázar palace and the square of Plaza de España.

Ciudades invitadas al Foro 2019