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IFEMA MADRID CITIES FORUM to present 2022 edition book,at FITUR 2023

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19 January 2023

On 19 January 2023, the book of the fifth edition of the MADRID CITIES FORUM will be launched. The Forum was held at IFEMA MADRID from 14 to 16 June 2022, as part of the fourth ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY FORUM (FSMS 2022), which encompassed the 21st International Urban Planning and Environment Fair, TECMA, and the International Recovery and Recycling Fair (SRR). The event coincided with GENERA, the Energy and Environment Fair, and with the MOBILITY CALL congress. The launch of MADRID CITIES FORUM 2022 book will include a round-table discussion between representatives of different Spanish and Ibero-American cities titled “Green and Healthy: Necessary Debates for the Global City”. The launch and round-table will be hosted as part of FITUR 2023, under the FITURTECH section.

The MADRID CITIES FORUM 2022 brought together 260 speakers and over 1,000 attendees. Its programme saw over 70 Spanish, Portuguese and Ibero-American cities represented and more than 50 round-table discussions covering 24 urban thematic spaces across four main pillars of debate: 'Urban Planning', 'Renaturalisation', 'Cities to Live In' and the 'Circular Economy'.

In a globalized world, cities cooperate but also compete to improve their positioning and offer the best quality of life possible to their citizens. Capturing talent, remaining attractive for investment and businesses, generating employment opportunities, fighting climate change, leading innovation processes and growing tourism are some of the objectives of this improved positioning of cities at a global level.

Environmental sustainability has become a crucial element of the open city, seeking a balance between growth and quality of life for citizens. Sustainable mobility, quality of public services, the presence of nature in urban environments and quality of public space are objectives necessary for advancing towards a more humanised and greener city. Only this way can the city become a point of interest and attraction for students, professionals, tourists and companies. Urban agendas, both international and Spanish, and those developed by regional governments, tackle these questions, touching on critical aspects of the social focus for new plans for cities, incorporating context. For example, the debates on the future of urban tourism and how cities should manage it from a sustainable perspective and how they can adapt to these temporary flows of population and the resulting environmental footprint. Thematic studies and numerous reports of the World Tourism Organization also look at the recent phenomenon of urban tourism growth and its environmental impact on the city.

Today, in the early 21st century, controlling the urban world means regeneration based on criteria of efficiency, human health, quality, sustainability and innovation in the management of the city, making life easier for inhabitants while at the same time fostering international interest in the city. A city where people live is an interesting city to visit and study, work and invest it.

These urban dynamics, and many others related to planning, urban agendas, the circular economy and quality of public services, were all covered in the debates as part of both the MADRID CITIES FORUM and the fairs that made up the 4th ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY FORUM, FSMS 2022: TECMA and SRR.

The launch of the new publication offers a summary of all these events and debate within the framework of the International Tourism Fair, FITUR 2023, as the future of the urban world involves tackling these important challenges in a highly globalized and competitive context.

THE MADRID CITIES FORUM 2022 enjoyed the direct collaboration of Madrid City Council and the participation of bodies like the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP); the Biodiversity Foundation; the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI), the European Commission and UN-Habitat, amongst others. It was also supported by FCC Medio Ambiente, PreZero España and Iberdrola as main sponsors, with thematic areas sponsored by Ecoembes and Foro de Empresas por Madrid.

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