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Urban Answers to Global Challenges
The Brussels Urban Summit 2023 is an initiative of the Brussels Capital Region, Eurocities, Metropolis, and the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative. The event will take place from 12 to 15 June in the Belgian capital.
The challenges facing cities today are unprecedented. Climate change, migration, urban growth, and inequality are testing the very foundations of urban life. However, cities also hold the key to driving innovation towards a greener and more inclusive future.
In response to these pressing issues, the Brussels Urban Summit (BUS) is set to bring together three international city conferences: the 14th Metropolis World Congress, the Eurocities Annual Conference, and the sixth OECD Champion Mayors Summit for Inclusive Growth Initiative. The event is expected to gather over 300 cities worldwide along with more than 1000 politicians, experts, and representatives of civil society.
The BUS offers a strategic global platform for exchange and debate, featuring plenary sessions, workshops, side events, and site visits. With a focus on sustainable, affordable, and liveable cities, the Summit serves as an opportunity to inspire innovative solutions and forge partnerships that will shape the future of our collective urban future.
Cities Alliance will be co-organising the following sessions:
Wed 14 June, 14:00-18:00 CEST Localising SDGs in African Cities: Opportunities and Challenges. The session, in partnership with the South African Cities Network, will address topics including SDG monitoring and financing, strengthening local governance to achieve SDGs, and the Global Action Plan: Informal Settlements and Economy.
Wed 14 June, 16:00-18:00 CEST Addressing inequalities and informality: rethinking financing and the role of local and regional governments. Co-organized with UCLG, the session will discuss the policies that local and regional governments must prioritize to ensure human rights are protected and have the impact needed to guarantee the well-being of communities. The discussion will have a special focus on caring systems, and informalities, ensuring that all people have their basic rights met, access to public services, and healthy and sustainable lives.