International Seminar 2018

International Seminar 2018

On 4 October, MedCities, the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona and the Barcelona City Council held an international seminar organized around the theme Mediterranean Cities: sustainable and equitable for all!

The seminar – which was held in the Saló de Cent of the Barcelona City Council – brought together over 100 participants representing around 40 Mediterranean cities and metropolitan areas, international organisations, other public administrations and NGOs, to illuminate the strategies of Mediterranean cities in mitigating the challenges and crises facing the region.

The ripple effects of the large-scale, structural problems confronting the Mediterranean – such as wars and territorial conflicts, and their attendant massive movements of populations – are felt in the daily issues of urban living and management confronting citizens and local authorities. The day of debates addressed the central role of cities and other urban areas in developing shared solutions to the shared solutions

Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona and President of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, opened the conference and participated in a round table with the mayors of Montpellier, Tripoli (Lebanon) and Tunis. The round table was moderated by Ms. Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments.

In two further round tables, political representatives from various MedCities members then went on to debate the themes of environmentally sustainable development and economic development and inequality.

Alfred Bosch, Vice-President of International Relations and Cooperation of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, closed the day of debate along with the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Nasser Kamel.

Among the issues highlighted by the participants were the need to integrate the unique perspectives of cities and metropolitan governments with international agendas for urban development and the key role played by city-to-city cooperation in confronting shared challenges and disseminating best practices.

A publication that brings together the speeches made at the event can be downloaded below (PDFs available in Catalan, English and French).