What is Foro de las ciudades?

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What is Foro de las ciudades?

Foro de las ciudades is a meeting point and exchange of ideas, projects and visions on the path that cities have to follow to become more livable, sustainable, inclusive, participatory and resilient spaces. Its main objective is to offer a networking space both to cities that have already begun this transition and to dozens of organizations that work with local governments to make their proposals for change possible.

Foro de las ciudades of Madrid Ifema works with an Advisory Committee and a large group of collaborating entities to collectively build a program as complete as possible in each of its editions. It also has the special collaboration of the Madrid City Council. In total there are 68 organizations that collaborate with the Forum in different ways:

  • Participating in one of its Reflection Groups, whose mission is to develop a useful, practical thematic documents that provide new ideas and perspectives for city management.
  • Being part of the program through its support and presence with speakers and experts.
  • Advising the Forum management on the focus of the topics included in the program.
  • Helping to detect and select the best urban practices that later become part of the Forum program.

After three editions in Spain and one in Latin America (Medellin, Colombia), the Cities Forum will celebrate its fourth edition in Madrid between June 8th to June 10th 2021.

Advisory Committee

Foro de las ciudades has in its Advisory Committee important institutions, networks of cities, both Spanish and Latin American, and professional associations linked to urban management. Thanks to its advice and commitment, the Forum gathers in each of its editions ideas, good practices, sensitivities and trends of interest for local entities and their daily work.

  • AEAS - Asociación Española de Abastecimientos de Agua y Saneamiento
  • AEPJP -Asociación Española de Parques y Jardines Públicos
  • AFAMOUR - Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Equipamiento Urbano y Parques Infantiles
  • ANEPMA - Asociación Nacional de Empresas Públicas de Medio Ambiente
  • AMI - Asociación de Empresas de Mantenimiento Integral y Servicios Energéticos
  • ASEJA– Asociación Española de Empresas de Parques y Jardines
  • ASELIP– Asociación de Empresas de Limpieza Pública y Cuidado del Medio Ambiente Urbano
  • ATEGRUS - Asociación Técnica para la Gestión de Residuos y Medio Ambiente
  • ATUC - Asociación de Empresas Gestoras de los Transportes Urbanos Colectivos
  • CGLU - Ciudades y Gobiernos Locales Unidos
  • COAM - Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid
  • COIT - Colegio Oficial Ingenieros de Telecomunicación
  • FEMP – Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias
  • FER - Federación Española de la Recuperación y el Reciclaje
  • ICLEI Europa Gobiernos Locales por la Sostenibilidad
  • ONU Habitat
  • RECI - Red Española de Ciudades Inteligentes
  • UCCI – Unión de Ciudades Capitales Iberoamericanas


More than 35 organizations are getting involved in the design of the second edition of the Cities Forum. We have a list of collaborators that cover all aspects of the design and management of our cities. They accompany us in defining the themes of the program, in its dissemination and in a process of co-organization of presentations, discussion sessions and round tables.

  • ADHAC - Asociación de Empresas de Redes de Calor y Frio
  • AEEA - Asociación Española de Educación Ambiental
  • AEP - Asociación Española de Paisajistas
  • ANESE - Asociación de Empresas de Servicios Energéticos
  • APIA – Asociación de Periodistas de Información Ambiental
  • ASA - Asociación Sostenibilidad y Arquitectura
  • Asociación de Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad
  • ASYPS - Asociación para la Sostenibilidad y el progreso de las Sociedades
  • AUIA Arquitectos
  • BID - Banco Interamericano Desarrollo
  • City Followers - Escuela de Arquitectura y Tecnología
  • Comisión Europea
  • Forética
  • Fundación Biodiversidad (MAGRAMA)
  • Fundación Economía Circular
  • Fundación Kaleidos Red
  • Green Building Council GBC España
  • GrupoTransitando (UAM)
  • itdUPM Centro de Innovación en Tecnología para el desarrollo Humano
  • JGB - La oficina de Javier García Breva
  • NESI Forum
  • OCU - Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios
  • Oficina Comercial de Austria
  • Paisaje Tranversal – Oficina de Innovación Urbana
  • Plataforma Ener-Tic
  • Plataforma Envase y Sociedad
  • Plataforma Española de Tecnología PTE-EE (CIEMAT)
  • Red de Ciudades que Caminan
  • Red de Huertos Urbanos de Madrid
  • Red Española de Ciudades por la Bicicleta
  • Signus
  • UCJC - Universidad Camilo José Cela
  • UNE - Asociación Española de Normalización
  • VIC -Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas
  • Zuloark

Why visit Foro de las Ciudades?

The Foro de las Ciudades Madrid IFEMA is the perfect complement to several of the fairs and shows that take place simultaneously in the context of FSMS, as they share the debate on urban management, looking after green spaces, and new ways of managing waste from a circular economy perspective.

Thanks to the cross-cutting vision of FSMS, in terms of visions and topics, the IFEMA Madrid Cities Forum connects with the products and services of the exhibitors at the 19th edition of TECMA, the Feria Internacional del Urbanismo y del Medio Ambiente (International Town Planning and Environment Fair), and the 6th edition of Feria Internacional de la Recuperación y el Reciclado, SRR.

All these calls offer the visitor sufficient incentives such as:

  • Find out, from experts and dozens of organisations, the keys to the debate about the future management of our cities.
  • Make contact with representatives from more than 200 municipalities, both Spanish and international, visiting or participating in any of the events.
  • Participate in a space to exhibit and get to know new products and services related to the management of cities, the cleaning of public spaces, green areas, waste, recycling, circular economy, etc.
  • Take advantage of meetings, forums and fairs to strengthen and expand business relationships and professional contacts.
  • Access first hand the products and services of the INNOVATION GALLERY that IFEMA Feria de Madrid is preparing in collaboration with the exhibiting companies and participating organisations.