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Local and Regional Governments Roundtable

With six out of every ten people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030, rising to nearly 70 percent by 2050, cities are where the future of sustainability will be defined.
date June 27, 2022 | 17:00 - 19:00
Roundtable Room 1
Polish, Spanish, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese + ISL [Polish + English]


With six out of every ten people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030, rising to nearly 70 percent by 2050, cities are where the future of sustainability will be defined. Local and regional governments and leaders are facing critical challenges in the provision of public services, including housing, health, digitalization and financing, which have been exacerbated by conflicts, health emergencies and climate change.

This session aims to facilitate discussions on how to cities can raise their potential and improve citizens' lives, while re-imagining the future of our cities.

Sub Title

Effective Territorial Governance for a Renewed Social Contract

Guiding Questions for discussions

  • Which are the major urban challenges that need multilevel collaboration in your territory? How could these frameworks be strengthened?
  • As cities and territories recover from the impacts of the pandemics, what kind of new social contract needs to be endorsed based on People, Planet and Government to achieve sustainable urban futures?
  • What legal and financial mechanisms are in place in your country to support local and territorial governments and enable them to appropriately harness their potential?
  • What are the necessary preconditions to establish institutional cooperative frameworks?  
  • What policies should be promoted to enhance collaboration across all scales of government and societal groups to guide the implementation of global agendas such as the 2030 Agenda or the New Urban Agenda?  
  • What are the roles of the different levels of government and relevant stakeholders in ensuring transformative urban resilience?
  • How to guarantee participative and balanced decision-making in multi-level governance arrangements?
  • What is the role of multilateral institutions in supporting the cooperation between local and national governments? What added value can they bring in the effort to revamp the social contract?

Concept Note

David Jackson

United Nations Capital Development Fund | Director, Local Development Finance 

Kjersti Bjørnstad

Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development | State Secretary of Local Government and Regional Development, Norway

Hon. Fahad Al-Jubair

Mayor of Eastern Province Saudi Arabia

Raouf Mazou

UNHCR | Assistant High Commissioner for Operations 

Hon. Carola Gunnarsson

CEMR spokesperson for international affairs, Lord Mayor of Sala, Sweden

Ignacio De La Puerta
Ignacio De La Puerta

Director of Territorial Planning and Urban Agenda, Spain

Carlos Martínez
Carlos Martínez

Mayor of Soria and UCLG Special Envoy for the New Urban Agenda

Florah Noliqwa Maboa-Boltman
Florah Noliqwa Maboa-Boltman

SALGA, Deputy President

Bekbolot Arzibayev
Bekbolot Arzibayev

Vice Mayor of Osh, Armenia

Ángela de la Cruz Mera

Ministry of Transport, Mobility and urban Agenda of the Government of Spain | Deputy Director of Urban Policies

Emilia Sáiz 

United Cities and Local Governments | Secretary-General 

Shipra Narang Suri

UN-Habitat | Chief, Urban Practices Branch

Marylin Pintor

 Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) | Deputy Secretary of the Department

Hon. Berry Vrbanovic

GTF | Mayor of Kitchener, UCLG Governing President 

Carlos Maya

Mayor of City of Pereira, Colombia

Rafael Tuts

UN-Habitat | Deputy Executive Director (a.i.) and Director, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat

Emani Kumar

ICLEI | Deputy Secretary-General and Regional Director for South Asia

Aydin Kerimov
Aydin Kerimov

Special Representative of the President for Shusha City, Azerbaijan

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