Luis Castilla, CEO of ACCIONA Infrastructure, attended the 2nd Global Forum of Local Governments from 24 to 26 January, which brought together representatives from local governments all over the world at the Conference and Exhibition Centre in Seville (FIBES) to discuss and examine major global challenges.
Several debates and open forums were organised over the course of the three days, with prestigious speakers from the public sector and the education and business sectors.
Luis Castilla accompanied Mohammed Al Zaffin, CIO of Dubai South, and Eduardo Pozo, Deputy Mayor of Quito, for a round table discussion entitled “Infrastructures and Mobility in Sustainable Cities”, part of the forum on local policies for sustainability under the 2030 Agenda.
The discussion focused on how decarbonisation targets are demanding new ways to resolve the growing infrastructure and mobility needs of an increasingly urbanised world.
In his talk, Luis Castilla presented the main sustainability challenges faced by large cities in terms of mobility, access to water and waste treatment. He highlighted a number of the solutions being proposed by ACCIONA related to mobility, water management, waste and energy as ways to overcome these challenges. He also underlined the importance of improving sustainable infrastructure planning tools and creating a stable framework to enable the private sector to support the financing and implementation of resilient solutions.
ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD) carried out the design and production of the Forum, and also supplied the audiovisual equipment and the technical services. In this second edition, the event was attended by more than 1,1000 participants.
GLOBAL FORUM OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
The Global Forum of Local Governments is a UN-supported initiative that mainly seeks to foster agreements between local governments to help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) contained in the UN’s New Urban Agenda 2030 that was signed in Ecuador in October 2016 to ensure sustainable economic and social progress worldwide.
This initiative provides the perfect space for launching and consolidating environmental, economic, technology and social partnerships, while allowing debate about the role of cities in global development.