Valencia is also the EU Green Capital this year, Source: Depositphotos

EU Green Capital Valencia will host 2024 edition of European Urban Resilience Forum

EU Green Capital Valencia will host 2024 edition of European Urban Resilience Forum

Crucial aspects of resilience, sustainable development and recovery will be under the thematic spotlight

The 2024 edition of the European Urban Resilience Forum (EURESFO) will take place from 26 - 28 June within the framework of the Valencia Cities Climate Week, hosted by the city as part of its EU Green Capital 2024 celebrations. This collaboration will bring together high-level representatives of cities and regions from across Europe to discuss challenges and opportunities to strengthen resilience in the context of sustainable urban development.

Over three days during the Valencia Cities Climate Week, EURESFO24 will offer 20+ sessions and interactive workshops built around 3 key thematic streams with more than 100 speakers and moderators from European cities and regions, including ICLEI members Burgas (Bulgaria), Paris (France), Dresden (Germany), Athens, Thessaloniki (Greece), Rotterdam, the Green Metropolitan Region of Arnhem Nijmegen (Netherlands), Rome (Italy), Valongo (Portugal), Barcelona, Valencia (Spain), Malmö (Sweden), Izmir (Türkiye), and Mykolaiv and Ostroh (Ukraine), among others.

Thematic streams of the event

Each of the three key thematic streams, and a fourth special stream, will address crucial aspects of resilience, sustainable development and recovery. The first stream focuses on multilevel governance, cooperation, and the need for a just transition. The second stream delves into water resilience and the promotion of the Blue Economy within and beyond the Mediterranean region. The third stream aims to enable transformation towards resilient, adaptive, and climate-neutral cities and regions. The fourth special stream focuses on building resilience in fragile settings and bridging the gap between humanitarian responses to post-conflict resilience and the recovery process.

As we convene at the 11th EURESFO in Valencia, let us recognise the urgency of working together across all levels of governance and sectors. Our mission, as outlined by the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change, extends beyond dialogue; it demands concerted action,” said Elina Bardram, Mission Manager, Director for Adaptation & Resilience, Communication, and Civil Society Relations, DG CLIMA, European Commission.

The fourth stream also underscores the ICLEI Ukraine Roadmap, which is based on consultations with 19 Ukrainian cities to help achieve their sustainability, resilience and recovery targets. The Roadmap supports the shift from siloed investments in emergency response to integrated strategic financing for long-term recovery in alignment with the cities' Local Green Deals.



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