Join our EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Warsaw, on 22-24 October, to be inspired and learn about ‘Inclusive Cities: Ensuring social inclusion and well-being for all ages’!
The focus of the meeting will be on the role of cities as active agents to deliver social inclusion and well-being for all people through municipal programmes and services tailored to the specific needs at all ages. We will pay special attention to children, young people, older workers and the elderly, who are the age groups most at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Therefore, the discussions will concentrate on the role of cities in implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights principles 11 - childcare and support to children, 16 - healthcare and 18 - long-term care. We will learn from Warsaw and other cities in Europe how to use EU funding, in particular ESF and ERDF, to support new projects for social inclusion and well-being of the most vulnerable groups and how to capitalise and scale up such projects into city policies.
About the event
The two-day meeting will see more than 120 representatives from over 50 European cities learning from one another innovative approaches to make their cities more inclusive and better prepared to tackle the demographic change and see it as a potential for developing human capital and more cohesive communities. All discussions will feed into Social Affairs statement on a Social Europe.
- WS1. Barcelona challenge: How can NGOs, investors, financial entities, social housing associations/ cooperatives and other stakeholders be involved in the provision and management of age-friendly affordable residence services for elderly and young people?
WS2. Birmingham challenge: How can we reduce the number of families with young children staying in temporary accommodation and specifically reduce the number of families staying in Bed & Breakfast type of accommodation?
- WS3. Madrid challenge: How can cities improve labour market access conditions for young adults and elderly people through job carving for emerging types of work?
- WS4. Warsaw challenge: How can we capitalize on the free-of-charge childcare (in nurseries) opportunities and overcome the associated threats?
The key questions we will address during the SAF
- How can cities promote healthy lives and well-being for all people at all ages?
- What (more) can cities do to ensure a good start in life for all children and young people?
- How can cities ensure equal access to healthcare and social care services for at-risk age groups?
- Which new solutions for age-friendly services can cities use to adapt to demographic change?
The expected outcomes
Announce new city pledges to implement the principles of the EU Pillar of Social Rights at local level
Present EUROCITIES vision on the future of social Europe from the perspective of cities
Four cities whose pressing social challenges are explored in-depth in workshops, will benefit from new ideas for actionable solutions that can lead to piloting new projects (e.g. 5th UIA call)
150 participants from 50 cities will gain new know-how, skills and inspiration from exchanging their innovative policies on how to promote well-being at all ages and ensure equal access to care services
First paper free forum meeting
We have also prepared a surprise for you! Together with the city of Warsaw we are working for the FIRST PAPER FREE forum meeting. This means that beside the access to the online documents, we will soon launch an application that will guide you during the two days. Stay tuned!
Join us in Warsaw to voice the role of cities in social inclusion and well-being for citizens, by registering until 4 October here: https://saf-warsaw2019.eventbrite.com