Atlantic Cities attended to the annual Forum of Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation that took place in Brussels from February 4 to 5, 2019 ; the event was organized by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions to allow regional and local governments propose strategies for the sustainable development of their territories.
Among the elements to be highlighted is the announcement made by the European Commission of the open call for the presentation of projects by the end of 2019 in order to encourage cooperation between cities and regions with special attention to the promotion of public and private partnerships .
It is necessary to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities to increase their participation through platforms of political dialogue such as CORLEAP, with the aim of promoting participation for sustainable urban development strategies given than for 2050 most of the world’s population will live in urban areas. This creates an opportunity to address issues such as urban resilience, integrated sustainable urban development, urban transport, water management, waste management, food security, education and integration of migrants, cross-border cooperation and cooperation decentralized
Another topic that was addressed in the Forum was gender equality and the empowerment of women with a special focus on the role of women in politics and education. In this context, the importance of promoting non-formal education and facilitating women’s access to financing programs was highlighted.
In conclusion, it is crucial to meet local needs to allow sustainable development of the territories. Therefore, the Urban Agenda of the European Union plays an important rôle making the European territories more functional.