Venice City Solutions 2020

Venice City Solutions 2030 is a yearly event to advance in the local implementation of the SDGs by identifying and sharing exisiting tools available to local, regional governments and its partners. Each year, Venice focuses in one specific theme. This time around we are advancing on how Agenda 2030 can be a long-term planning instrument for the city and how the SDGs play a role to assess, analyze and create a future vision for territories.
The event is co-organized by United Cities and Local Government together with its Italian section AICCRE, UNDP, UN-Habitat and the UN SDG Action Campaign.


All debates will be available online on YouTube


26 November 2020

12.50 – 13.00
Video introductions by AICCRE

- Visualizing Agenda 2030 in Venice: the body of the city, the soul of the city

13.00 – 14.00
Institutional Opening

Master of ceremonies: Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, UCLG
Mariangela Zappia, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations
Stefano Bonaccini, President of Emilia Romagna Region, Italy; President of AICCRE and President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
Marina Ponti, Director UN Action SDG Campaign
Frédéric Vallier, Secretary General, CEMR,on behalf of Platforma
Rafael Tuts, Director Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat
Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

Presentation of this year approach and methodology
by Carla Rey, Secretary General, AICCRE, Italian association for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions

14.00 – 14.10
Setting panel yellow (transition)

14.10 – 15.40

Linking SDG to the territories: Mapping local actions & spaces Led by Fraunhofer Institute

Moderator: Petr Suska, Head of Urban Economy Innovation, Fraunhofer IAO

Erna Polimac, Global Goals project leader and Yunus Balci, Policy Advisor, Municipality of Eindhoven, Netherlands
Karim Tarraf, CEO and Managing Director, Hawa Dawa
Fabian Dembski, Visualization Department, HLRS, High Performance Computer Centre, Sttutgart
Cyril Klepek, CEO of Cyrkl
Hellen Muller, Co-founder and Head of Åland Index Solutions, Doconomy


15.40 – 16.10
SDG coffee break: Visual experiences in cities

- AICCRE: Visualizing Agenda 2030 in Venice – Space
- AICCRE: Visualizing Agenda 2030 in Venice- Community
- Lavazza Group: Towards Project
- Ca’ Foscari University: Art night in Venice 2011 - 2021 (Italian only)
- Studium Group: Sustainable cities thanks to CO2NO
- AICCRE: Visualizing Agenda 2030 in Venice – Citizenship

16.10 – 17.40

Identifying correlations, actors & links of local SDG actions Led by UNDP-Art
Introduction and moderation: Johannes Krassnitzer, International Coordinator of the ART Initiative, UNDP

Adriana Acosta, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Strategic Development of the Ministry of Economy and Planning, Cuba
Joana Abreu and João H. C. António, Representatives of the Center for Studies and Opinion Surveys (CESOP), Catholic University of Lisbon, Portugal
Geraldo Luiz Farias, Municipal Development Analyst and Advisor to the Executive Superintendence of Paraná Cities, State of Paraná, Brazil
Luana Natali, Head of Governance Unit, UNDP Guinea-Bissau
Santiago Saura, Councillor for International Affairs and

17.45 – 18.45

One on one with Tatiana Bilbao, Architect (live, please click on this specific Zoom link)


*All times are Central European Time


All debates will be available online on YouTube


27 November 2020

11.30 – 12.25

One on one with Marlene Simeon, Director of Platforma

12.25 – 12.30

AICCRE: Visualizing SDGs in Venice from an international perspective

12.30 – 13.00

One on one with Francesca Lavazza, Board Member, Lavazza Group
"Can creativity influence the implementation of SDGs at the city level?"

13.00 – 14.30
RED PANEL - The vision for the future: strategic planning and imagining a sustainable city

Led by UN-Habitat (live on Zoom link for Day 2)

Moderator: Shipra Narang Suri, Director of Urban Practices Branch, UN-Habitat

Discussion 1 - The city we want experiences in envisioning the cites of the future
Álvaro Blondel, Executive Secretary, Municipality of La Paz, Bolivia
Nuha I. Qtaish, Executive Director of Strategic Planning, Greater Amman Municipality, Jordan
Dan Hill, Director of Strategic Design, Vinnova (Swedish Innovation Agency), Sweden

Discussion 2 - How to translate vision into reality?
Dyfed Audrey, UN-Habitat SDG Cities Flagship Programme
Bart Tommelein, Mayor of Ostend, Belgium, and Chair of the Municipality in the World Committee of the Association of Flemish Municipalities
Gulnara Roll, Secretary to the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Norliza Hashim, Chief Executive, Urbanice Malaysia

14.30 – 15.00
SDG coffee break: Visual experiences in cities

(available in Youtube, please click below. Subtitles available by clicking on the CC option)
- AICCRE: Visualizing Agenda 2030 in Venice - peace
- Lavazza Group: Towards Project
- Ca’ Foscari University: Waiting for Art night in Venice
- AICCRE: Visualizing Agenda 2030 in Venice - partnership

15.00 – 17.00
BLUE PANEL - Celebrating UCLG’s new initiative, the Local4action HUBs: Local actions transforming global dynamics

Led by United Cities and Local Governments (live on Zoom link for Day 2)

Moderator: Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, UCLG

Opening remarks: Celebrating Local4Action HUBs by UCLG. A platform to showcase and share local experiences that are transforming global policies

Qiang Sheng, Director of Foreign Affairs Office on behalf of Mr. Li Mingyuan, City of Xi’an, China – Experience on SDG4: Education, diversity and inclusivity through dialogue and cooperation to promote intergenerational opportunities for all

Video presentation of the Local4Action HUBs by UCLG initiative

Discussion 1 - Connecting with people
• Luca Bergamo, Vice Mayor, Rome, Italy - Culture 4th pillar of Sustainable development: Local - global commitment on the right to a cultural life, as a fundamental condition for cities and communities
• Oihane Aguirregoitia, Councilor for Citizen and International Participation and President of Bilbao TIK, Bilbao, Spain - SDG 16 & 17: Envisioning the SDGs as shared values, enhancing local democracy and the co-creation of a joint roadmap towards sustainability
• Mariano Bar, Legal and Technical Director of the State Secretariat for Equality and Gender, Santa Fe Province, Argentina - All SDG approach: Empowering youth democratic and entrepreneurial capacities for building more inclusive, sustainable territories
• Xavier Longan, Lead for Partnerships and Operations, UN SDG Action Campaign

Discussion 2 – Connecting with the planet's resilience: cities and territories advancing in the ecological transition
• Maricel Lonati, Manager of Institutional Articulation at the General Secretariat and International Relations, Buenos Aires, Argentina - SDG 13, 16 & 17: Open government for climate action: fostering accountability, co-creation and access to information in local environmental policies
• Jasper Visser, President of the Leiden 2030 Foundation, Leiden, Netherlands - SDG 11, 13, 17: Building and sharing inclusive, accessible and green public spaces: the Singelpark 
• Javier Castaño, Senior Adviser, International Affairs and Cooperation Department, Madrid – SDG 3, 11, 13, 15, 17: Nature-based solutions through multi-stakeholder collaboration to establish a Green Metropolitan Corridor
Representative of UN-Habitat

Discussion 3 - Connecting with governments / cooperating
• Pilar Díaz Romero, Mayor of Esplugues de Llobregat and Elected member for International Relations, Barcelona Province, Spain - SDG 5, 11 & 16: Promoting women's political participation, leadership and gender equality mainstreaming in local public policies through dialogue, partnerships and decentralized cooperation
• Emilio Rabasco, Programme Director, Andalusia Municipalities Fund for

17.00 – 17.15

Recommendations for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2021 by Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, UCLG

17.15 – 17.35

One on one with Priyanka Sinha, Public Sector Specialist and Founder of Xitiway
A digital road map to achieving and safeguarding the UN sustainable development goals

17.35 - 17.45

Video presentations by partners
Sustainable exhibitions, by Concave (Venice Hotel Consortium, Italian only)
Ca’ Foscari, the University and sustainability


*All times are Central European Time

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