Intermediary cities hold unique opportunities and solutions to address global challenges and are fundamental for accelerating efforts around international agreements, especially the localization of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is in this framework that the work of the Forum is very much at the heart of the policies promoted by the World Organization.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the urgency to pursue the ecological transformation of intermediary cities, in line with the trends identified during the 1st World Forum and laid out in the Chefchaouen Declaration. As catalysts of territorial development, it is fundamental to address the increasing pressure over intermediary cities and ensure we stand prepared to lead the way to an inclusive and resilient recovery.
2021 a crucial year for the World and for Intermediary Cities
On the basis of the consultations carried out this year, we will jointly define an outcome Declaration, drawing the lines of the post-COVID world and sending a strong message to the global arena that the inclusive, caring and resilient world of the future requires a territorial approach through intermediary Cities.
The cultural diversity and the fight against inequalities of Intermediary Cities can pave the way to a new set of essentials, which places care for the people and the planet at the center of our priorities.
The Forum will bring forward the challenges Intermediary Cities face in the current crisis, the common solutions they offer to global issues, as well as alternatives to unlock the potential of these cities in shaping a different future.