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The Budapest Forum will bring together experts, politicians, and NGO representatives to discuss how to improve the performance of our political systems from a climate and democratic perspective. It also to aims facilitate networking and best practices sharing between green actors.

The past decade witnessed the emergence of several high-profile international events in the CEE region. The upcoming Budapest Forum is similar in aspiration to its regional counterparts, with its first edition focusing on the role of cities and local initiatives in building livable and sustainable democracies. Within this context, the Budapest Forum will also serve as a hub for the Pact of Free Cities city network, bringing together mayors and civic leaders from around Europe and beyond. Ideally, participants will leave the conference not only inspired and eager to create positive change in their respective fields, but also as parts of a new and vibrant network connecting prominent local stakeholders and experts across disciplines. You can find more information on the programme and speakers here.

About the event

Date: 16th September 

Time: 12:30-13:30 PM CET

Despite the rise of authoritarian forces on national scenes, many European cities are pursuing a green-progressive vision. For the Green European Foundation, these cities are a substantial source of inspiration for developing a positive narrative on the future of Europe. In this event, we take you on a small tour highlighting a few frontrunner cities that show that a transformation towards a socio-ecological society is possible and happening.

*part of GEF’s Cities as Places of Hope project

This 2021 project aims to bring together progressive and transformative trans-local city networks, to connect them and facilitate their exchanges, ultimately contributing to a positive narrative for the future of Europe. In autumn the project will continue with an inspiring public event in each country with a title ‘Talking about a Green City’ bringing together the broader green family of activists, civil society, new urban actors and the broader public. 

Visit the Green European Foundation’s stand during the three days of the Forum and interact with our GEF Staff Members. 


Budapest Forum programme

To learn more about the full programme of the Forum click here <<<



Dirk Holemans – Oikos Think Tank, Co-President Green European Foundation

Lana Pukanić– Institute for Political Ecology IPE

*further speakers will be announced shortly



Where: In person (Central European University) & online

Time and date: 16th September

12:30-13:30 PM CET

Audience: attendees of the Budapest Forum & online participants

Registrations: Registrations are now open <<<


This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of City of Budapest, Political Capital Institute, CEU Democracy Institute and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.

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