The European Urban Agenda in Light of Habitat III and the 2030 Agenda

The SDGs’ localisation is an effort to coordinate the different levels of government and an alignment of the agendas in the implementation of urban development policies.

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
17 November 2017 - 09:30h
LOCATION: Sala Jordi Maragall, CIDOB, Carrer Elisabets, 12, 08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB and the Barcelona Provincial Council with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme

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Objective

The Habitat III Agenda, adopted in Quito during the conference that took place in October 2016, establishes a new common framework that must guide European urban policies at different levels of governance. This implies, first of all, that the European institutions must guarantee the adaptation of the Pact of Amsterdam, the European Urban Agenda adopted in May 2016 as a contribution to Habitat III, to the new Agenda. At the same time, both should be framed in the process of localisation of the 2030 Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This includes the SDG11 “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, which is directly linked to the Urban Agenda. But, in addition, the 2030 Agenda as a whole must be translated into policies that reach all citizens to ensure that no one is left behind. This process, called the SDGs’ localisation, is an effort to coordinate and complement the different levels of government and an alignment of the agendas in the implementation of urban development policies.  

This seminar aims to analyse and debate the challenges for European urban development posed by the new framework of international commitments.  

First of all, this session will analyse how the results of the Habitat III Agenda affect the commitments of the Pact of Amsterdam. At the same time, it will see how they are related to the 2030 Agenda regarding its implementation within the EU and how they can contribute to the achievement of the global goals.  

Secondly, speakers will discuss the consequences of the New Urban Agenda for the framework of multi-level governance in Europe and for the implementation of the SDGs localisation process. They will identify policies and best practices for sustainable urban development and its adaptation to the 2030 Agenda. Among these, participatory tools and mechanisms for diagnosis, planning, monitoring and accountability for the Urban Agenda will be identified at different levels of government, including the local level. 

In addition, the seminar is intended to raise awareness among civil society and institutional actors about the challenges of the New Urban Agenda for Sustainable Development and its contribution to the 2030 Agenda. 

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Josep Armengol

Josep Armengol

Deputy Director General of Territorial Action and Urban Habitat, Directorate General for Territorial Planning and Urbanism, Government of Catalonia

Anna Ayuso

Anna Ayuso

Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

Marina Casals

Marina Casals

Deputy Director of Citizen Participation, Sant Cugat del Vallès City Council

Andrea Ciambra

Andrea Ciambra

Research Officer, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

Agustí Fernández de Losada

Agustí Fernández de Losada

Director of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Salvador Gausa

Salvador Gausa

Director of the Office of the President, Barcelona Provincial Council

Nicolas Gharbi

Nicolas Gharbi

Political analyst, European Comission

Paulius Kulikauskas

Paulius Kulikauskas

Representative for Europe, ONU-Habitat

Kontxi Odriozola

Kontxi Odriozola

Head of Europe and International Strategy Office, Barcelona Provincial Council

Zulima Pérez

Zulima Pérez

Vice-minister of Transparency, Social Responsibility, Participation and Cooperation, Government of Valencia

Antoni Segura i Mas

Antoni Segura i Mas

President, CIDOB

Renske Steenbergen

Renske Steenbergen

Senior Project Manager, International Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG International)

The European Urban Agenda in Light of Habitat III and the 2030 Agenda PERFORMED ACTIVITY

09:30h Welcome remarks

Antoni Segura, President, CIDOB

10:00h The Habitat III and SDG challenges facing the European Urban Agenda

Moderates: Kontxi Odriozola, Head of Europe and International Strategy Office, Barcelona Provincial Council

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the new Urban Agenda in the update of the Pact of Amsterdam
Nicolas Gharbi, Political analyst, European Comission

The challenges of the implementation of the new Urban Agenda within the framework of the 2030 Agenda
Paulius Kulikauskas, Representative for Europe, ONU-Habitat

11:30h Coffee break

12:00h The global agendas and their localisation process in multilevel governance

Moderates: Anna Ayuso, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

Planning and management of local and regional public policies on the way to the localisation of the SDGs
Andrea Ciambra, Research Officer, United Cities and Local Governments  

The implementation of the Catalan Urban Agenda
Josep Armengol, Deputy Director General of Territorial Action and Urban Habitat, Directorate General for Territorial Planning and Urbanism, Government of Catalonia

The Barcelona Provincial Council implementation proposal and its role within the framework of the SDGs
Salvador Gausa, Director of the Office of the President, Barcelona Provincial Council

13:30h Lunch

14:30h Best practices in the localisation of the 2030 Agenda of the Urban Agenda

Moderates: Agustí Fernández de Losada, Director of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB
 
Marina Casals, Deputy Director of Citizen Participation, Sant Cugat del Vallès City Council 

Renske Steenbergen, Senior Project Manager, International Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG International)

Zulima Pérez, Vice-minister of Transparency, Social Responsibility, Participation and Cooperation, Government of Valencia

16:00h Closure