EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Utrecht on 7-8 March 2018

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Our 2018 spring Social Affairs Forum meeting took place in Utrecht on 7-8 March 2018. The forum’s theme was: ‘Making the city together: co-creating city strategies to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local level’.

The focus of the Forum meeting was on the role of cities in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 at local level. Through a series of panel debates, workshops, site visits and speed-networking sessions, cities gained a better understanding of what these global goals mean and how they can be integrated in their city strategies for sustainable urban development. The meeting discussed how cities can work together with the European Commission towards the implementation of SDGs in the EU in view of achieving inclusive and sustainable development in Europe.

Participants discussed how to localise SDGs by putting in place participatory processes to involve all actors in the local communities so as to ensure ownership of the actions leading to reaching these ambitious goals. The event took stock of best practices to co-create city strategies on SDGs and how to finance their implementation. Cities were inspired to better connect social challenges, such as poverty and well-being, to economic development and environmental challenges. The event looked at how SDGs can inspire city authorities to work together with business, academia and citizens for a sustainable future for all. 

Some cities in Europe are already leading the way in localising the SDGs and can inspire others to follow. The event’s host city, Utrecht, is a ‘Global Goals City’ in the Netherlands, shaped through the concept of an inclusive city. The central feature of Utrecht’s strategy is ‘making the city together’. Co-creation gives ownership of local innovations with a global, sustainable impact.
Check the highlights from our meeting here: and our Storify from the event here: A summary video with highlights from the Forum is available here: 
You can find below the full report and all presentations given at the meeting.
   1_FINAL_Agenda_SAF_Utrecht_7-8_Marchdownload/preview this file
    2_General_info_sheetdownload/preview this file
    4_List_of_city_politicians_attending_SAFdownload/preview this file
    5_Concept_note_SAF_Utrecht_March_2018download/preview this file
    6_Note_on_Imagine_the_Urban_Futures_SAF_Utrechtdownload/preview this file
    7_Newcomers_session_concept_agendadownload/preview this file
    8_Speaker_biographies_SAF_Utrechtdownload/preview this file
    9 Site_visits_workshops_list_FINALdownload/preview this file
    10_Speed-networking_projects_info_SAF_Utrechtdownload/preview this file
    11_EUROCITIES_Network_update_February_2018download/preview this file
    12_SAF_update_Dec_2017_-_Jan_2018download/preview this file
    13_EUROCITIES_Funding_Forecast_February_2018download/preview this file
    14_EUROCITIES_report_cities_and_ESF_2014-2017download/preview this file
    15_WG_Urban_Ageing_updatesdownload/preview this file
    16_WG_Migration_and_integration_updatesdownload/preview this file
    17_WG_Education_updatesdownload/preview this file
    18_WG_Employment_updatesdownload/preview this file
    19_WG_Housing_and_Homelessness_updatesdownload/preview this file
    20_WG_Roma_updatesdownload/preview this file
    21_WG_Smart_social_inclusion_updatesdownload/preview this file
    22_Presentation at newcomers_sessiondownload/preview this file
    23_Keynote speech presentation Joan Closdownload/preview this file
    24_Video message UN special rapporteur_Leilani Farhadownload/preview this file
    25_OECD_Programme_Territorial_Approach_to_SDGsdownload/preview this file
    26_Solna_presentation_candidacydownload/preview this file
    27_EU policy and funding updatesdownload/preview this file
    28_DG RTD presentation of H2020 funding for cities download/preview this file
    29_Bonn_implementing_the_2030_Agenda_at_local_leveldownload/preview this file
    30_Bonn_SDGs_handoutdownload/preview this file
    31_Ghent_Localising_the_SDGsdownload/preview this file
    32_Grenoble__IBEST_and_the_International_Forum_for_Wellbeingdownload/preview this file
    33_Joint_Research_Centre_presentationdownload/preview this file
    34_Stuttgart_Localising_the_SDGsdownload/preview this file
    35_Timisoara_Regeneration_of_marginalised_urban_areasdownload/preview this file
    36_Full report from SAF_Utrecht_Mar_2018_download/preview this file
    SDG_approach_Utrechtdownload/preview this file

EUROCITIES staff contact

Bianca Faragau-Tavares