We Make Europe

Cities and City Makers enhancing the (Im)Pact of Amsterdam

LearningLab, FabCity – 14.00 – 16.30 hs
Invitation only – Register at the bottom of this page
Moderator: Natasja van den Berg

With more than half of the world’s population living in cities today, our urban environments face the greatest challenges of our time. It is where environmental challenges accumulate and socio-economical differences become most articulate. However, cities also provide precisely the most innovative solutions to these challenges, due to more adaptive governance and the density of knowledge and pioneering people that come up with initiatives that aim to tackle these challenges. We call these people City Makers, an honorable title. Cities seem to obtain just about the right size, flexibility and adaptive qualities to efficiently address the urban challenges, in co-creation with its users. 

On May 30, the Ministers of the 28 EU member states sign the Pact of Amsterdam to agree upon the Urban Agenda for the EU. How can cities and City Makers contribute to addressing the challenges the Urban Agenda for the EU means to tackle? And how can we enhance the collaboration between public authorities and engaged citizens, to enhance the social innovation in our cities today?

As part of the New Europe City Makers Summit, URBACT, Eutropian, Agora Europe and Pakhuis de Zwijger jointly organise, in cooperation with the European Committee of the Regions the unique dialogue We Make Europe: Cities and City Makers enhancing the (Im)Pact of Amsterdam at FabCity. In a dialogue City Makers, city officials and political representatives will explore the role of cities and civil society actors in effectively addressing the pressing urban challenges of today.

The event aims at creating a dialogue between Cities and City Makers to enrich the ongoing work of the Urban Agenda for the EU Partnerships with experience “from the ground”. Namely the discussion with focus on the ongoing Partnerships on Affordable Housing, Refugees and Migrant Inclusion, Urban Poverty and Air Quality. The expected impact of such event is to create an ongoing dialogue between City Administrations, City Makers with the EU Urban Agenda Partnerships and European institutions in order to guarantee a richer variety of inputs into the policy elaboration.

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