The FORUM was part of the fourth ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY FORUM, FSMS 2022, which included the 21st International Urbanism and Environment Fair, TECMA, and the International Fair of Recovery and Recycling. SRR . The event coincided with GENERA, the Energy and Environment Fair, and the GLOBAL MOBILITY CALL congress.
Once again this year, the MADRID CITIES FORUM was one of the key spaces for rethinking urban planning and increasing its habitability, one of the greatest challenges faced by the different municipalities. This was made possible thanks to the participation of more than 70 Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American cities that took part in the four spaces for dialogue in which more than 50 round tables were held and the 24 urban issues dealt with in four areas of debate: urban planning; renaturalization; cities to live in; and circular economy. In total, there were more than 1,000 attendees during the three-day event.
More than 50 collaborating entities participated in the numerous exhibitions and parallel events that took place during the three days of exchange of ideas and debate, such as the first edition of the Tree Award.
The slogan chosen for this fifth edition is not trivial. Natural territories are needed, because urban biodiversity and green infrastructures must be part of our living spaces. The same goes for diversity, because a conception of the city as a common, participatory and complex place of encounter and dialogue is necessary. In this way, urban planning, the fight against climate change, the circular economy or the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals are all about creating a much more livable ecosystem.
The MADRID 2022 CITIES FORUM addressed topics as important as they were disparate. Agenda 2030, urban diversity, clean and innovative mobility, participation and proximity, human well-being and health, climate change and resilience, housing and rehabilitation, culture and urban tourism, public space and regeneration, and urban networks were some of the pivots on which the presentations and key aspects revolved.
The MADRID CITIES FORUM had the direct collaboration of the Madrid City Council and the involvement of organizations such as 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, among others. It also had the main sponsorship of FCC Medio Ambiente, PreZero España and Iberdrola, and the thematic sponsorship of Ecoembes and Foro de Empresas por Madrid.