The 2030 Agenda takes centre stage at the World Urban ForumThe tenth edition of the World Urban Forum (WUF), held in Abu Dhabi, saw the signing of the Voluntary Local Review Declaration and the Cities for All Global Compact document as a commitment to follow up on and fulfil the sustainable development goals and consolidate Barcelona’s position among the most accessible cities. The various debate sessions covered topics such as the progression of voluntary local reviews of the goals and how to address inequality through culture and innovation.
The Barcelona delegation shared a stand with Barcelona Provincial Council, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) and the Catalan Land Institute (INCASOL).
The stand presented five projects for sustainability and improving governance in the city, in line with the Catalan Urban Agenda: the low emission zone (LEZ), vehicle loading stations, superblocks, the Districlima initiative at the Sant Adrià incinerator plant and the Decidim participatory democracy platform.
A group was also set up to share knowledge during the review and implementation process for the 2030 Agenda to achieve the goals on a local level.
The WUF is a biennial event held since 2001 to analyse the rapid urban shift in the population on a world scale and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and government policies.
Over 450 speakers and 17,000 participants attended this edition of the forum, invited by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), under the slogan ‘Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation’.