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Are you curious about the role cities play in pushing for sustainable and social equality agenda across Europe? The 10th edition of Univerde gives an insight in today’s cities and challenges they face.


66% of the world population will live in urban areas by 2050. Currently, already 73% of Europeans live in urban areas. There is no doubt that the future of humanity will be decided in cities and that they can be catalysts for the transformation we urgently need to face the multiple challenges, both socially and environmentally, that we see at the moment. Cities constitute the new political centre, tackling global problems on a local level: local governments and citizens’ movements are at the forefront of the fight against climate change or aid to refugees, and new forms of participation and democracy are being experimented with.

About the event

At this Univerde, which will already be the tenth edition of the successful Spanish summer school, we’ll reflect on the present and future of cities; about their role for the future of the planet and its inhabitants; about how our cities should be to move towards environmental and social sustainability.
In this context, we’ll discuss about climate change, citizen movements and commons, gentrification, water and food supply, the relationship between the urban and the rural. We will bring positive European experiences that can be replicated in other cities.


08:45 – 09:30 Accreditation
09:30 – 11:15 Parallel Workshops
11:45 – 12:00 Opening Ceremony
12:00 – 12:45 Opening conference: The two faces of urban reality
  • Jordi Borja, urbanist geographer, and Spanish politician
12:45 – 14:30 Round table: Cities and citizens building future
Moderator: Mariano Baratech, sociologist and member of the EQUO Fundación’s board
  • Evelyne Huytebroeck, member of the Brussels Parliament and local councillor in the Brussels commune of Forest. Responsible of the Local Councilors Network for the European Green Party
  • Julia López Ventura, C40’s Regional Director for Europe
  • Josep Ramoneda, Spanish philosopher and journalist
16:00 – 17:45 Parallel Workshops
18:15 – 18:45 Keynote speech: A look from the bioregion
  • Fernando Prats, urbanist architect. Advisor of the Complutense University of Madrid for the Global Change Spain 2020/50 program
18:45 – 20:30 Round table: City and territory. The road to a sustainable coexistence
Moderator: Ana Sabaté, former professor of Human Geography at the Complutense University of Madrid
  • Andrea Calori,  Architect. PhD in Territorial and Environmental Planning
  • Alejandro Sánchez, Member of the regional parliament of Madrid
  • Irene Lorite, Ahora Movilidad
9:30 – 11:30 Parallel Workshops
12:00 – 13:45 Round table: Green cities: egalitarian and sustainable cities
Moderator: Ana M. Álvarez, green local councillor of Parla (Madrid)
  • Neus Truyol, green local councillor of Palma de Mallorca
  • Inés Sabanés, green local councillor of Madrid 
  • Jean-Claude Englebert, councillor of Forest (Brussels)

13:45 Closing ceremony

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