At EUROCITIES we are proud of our many achievements since our founding over 30 years ago, for example in achieving an Urban Agenda for the EU, but success means being adaptable and responding to a world that is evolving at great speed. That’s why we are taking an in-depth look at EUROCITIES’ vision, priorities and actions. We want to make sure that the needs and views of Europe’s major cities are increasingly met over the next 30 years, and that EUROCITIES structure and services best reflects these efforts.
Our series of ‘Imagine the Urban Future’ events – a key part of this reflection process – kicked off on the 23 and 24 January. At the GDC-KSF joint conference, a panel debate of cities and experts gathered to discuss how they could build smarter cities that work for all their residents.
The next day, in the offices of the Tuscany region in Brussels, the chief executive of the Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC), Kirsten Dunlop, delivered a riveting keynote speech to Commission officials and city experts.
She stressed that cities are well placed to innovate, based on understanding the needs of local people. Cities are also the right scale to be able to test out and deliver new ways of doing things and to network businesses, universities, citizens organsiations and others to be able to do that.
This flying start sets the bar high for the next round of ‘Imagine the Urban Future’ events, which will continue at the Spring forum meetings.