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9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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.


Saturday, September 8

08:45 – 09:30 Accreditation
09:30 – 11:15 Parallel Workshops:
  • Green urbanism for the 21st century
  • Cities of solidarity: immigration and cooperation
  • Political ecology and local political action
  • The policy against plastics
  • Education for the ecological transition in cities
11:15 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:15 Opening Ceremony: Initial reflections on the city
  • Aurélie Maréchal, Director of the Green European Foundation
  • Javier Ayala, Mayor of Fuenlabrada
  • Florent Marcellesi, Member of the European Parliament for Greens/EFA
  • Monica Frassoni, Co-president of the European Green Party and Board member of Fundación EQUO
  • Juan López de Uralde, Co-spokesperson of EQUO and member of the Congress of Deputies for Unidos Podemos

12:15 – 14:00 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
  • Christina Monge, Political scientist and Associate Professor of Sociology at the Unversity of Zaragoza
14:00 – 15:45 Lunch break
15:45 – 17:30 Parallel Workshops:
  • The city of the future vs. the field of the past
  • Women who “paint” cities to inhabit them
  • Re-municipalisation of basic services: water
  • A more just, supportive and sustainable Europe: the role of EQUO in the European Parliament
  • Re-naturalisation of our cities

17:30 – 18:00 Break

18:00 – 18:45 Keynote speech: Anthropocene and bioregion
  • Fernando Prats, urbanist architect. Advisor of the Complutense University of Madrid for the Global Change Spain 2020/50 programme
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
  • Marco Marangoni, Member of the research team of EStà – Economia e Sosenibilità
  • Alejandro Sánchez, Member of the regional parliament of Madrid
  • Irene Lorite, Architect and Urbanist, Advisor in the municipality of Cercedilla (Madrid), Member of Ahora Movilidad

Sunday, September 9

9:45 – 12:00 Parallel Workshops:
  • Latest lessons on citizens’ participation
  • Make your city a seed
  • “With you”: The positive presence of the wolf in our environment
  • Bullying in a digital world – cyberbullying
  • Energy transition in the administration: reality or fiction
  • Visit to the agricultural park of Fuenlabrada
12:00 – 13:45 Round table: Green cities – egalitarian and sustainable
Moderator: Ana M. Álvarez, Local councillor of Parla (Madrid)
  • Neus Truyol, Councillor of Ecology, Agriculture and Animal Welfare of the Palma de Mallorca City Council
  • Inés Sabanés, Councillor of Environment and Mobility of the Madrid  City Council
  • Jean-Claude Englebert, First Deputy Mayor of the municipality of Forest (Region of Brussels-Capital)

13:45 Closing Ceremony

  • Ruth Pascual, Local Councillor of Fuenlabrada
  • Marta Santos, Co-spokesperson of EQUO
  • José Larios, President of Fundación EQUO

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