Virtual Forum on Urban Transformations

Brussels/Istanbul, 19 November 2021 – The 2021 Virtual Forum on Urban Transformation focused on system transformation in urban settings and working in complexity throughout the European Partnership region. 

Jointly organised by the EU and UNDP, the Forum showcased emergent practice on urban transformation among the M4EG network of municipalities as well as the civic and private sector. 

Diana Jabłońska, DG NEAR Head of Unit C1 ‘Georgia, Moldova, Economic Investment Plan’, stressed the importance of the EU-UNDP partnership to tackle local economic development challenges in a more innovative, inclusive and sustainable way, by relying on portfolios of interventions. She also recalled that the EU has designed an ambitious agenda and economic investment plan for supporting resilience, recovery and reform as well as harnessing the green and digital transition in the Eastern Partnership region. 

Gerd Trogemann, Manager of the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, said that the demand for new approaches is tremendous, given the fact that municipalities are at the forefront of addressing systemic risks. He encouraged the Mayors network to lead by example vis-à-vis building partnerships based on trust, honesty, and openness, learning and iterating together.

During the Forum, M4EG municipalities joined in a discussion between various actors, exploring how to move from visions to actions. Panelists from Bilbao, Bologna, Lviv, and Vienna shared best practice on inclusive concepts implemented at the local level, including gender mainstreaming, civic imagination, adaptive city planning and portfolio approaches to tackle complex challenges. 

Oleksandr Syenkevych, Mayor of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, said that the pandemic outbreak has surfaced municipalities’ vulnerabilities. Recent and protracted challenges outlined the need to apply new tools and visions to address complex issues like inequality and economic development.

This is one session of many that will come where participants get a chance to engage with a growing network of municipalities and partners to build a space for a community of innovators at the regional level.

The joint EU-UNDP Virtual Forum on Urban Transformation is part of a series of strategic dialogues organised by the EU and UNDP on working in complexity in February and May 2020, as well as during the Partnership Forum on system transformation in November 2021. In December 2020, the EU and UNDP signed an agreement to apply portfolio approaches as a way to accelerate system transformation and build resilience at the local level under the initiative Mayors for Economic Growth. These dialogues have highlighted the speed of change and the need for development institutions to adapt their ways of working to allow for testing and discovery, while maintaining a high level of rigor.

We are pleased to invite you to join the Ukraine launch of the Mayors for Economic Growth Facility on Wednesday 30 June 2021 at 10:30 (Kyiv time, GMT+3). The EU in partnership with UNDP will work closely with local authorities and a diverse set of partners in the Eastern Partnership countries to promote inclusive economic growth and innovation in secondary cities. 

Share inspiring and emergent thought and practice on addressing the complex challenges faced by secondary cities in Eastern Partnership countries.Introduce the Mayors for Economic Growth Facility (2021-2024).


Ms. Dafina Gercheva, UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine.
Mr. Ivan Lukerya, Deputy Minister for Communities and Territories Development (TBC).
Ms. Chloé Allio, Head of Section Operations – Economic Cooperation, Energy, Infrastructure and Environment, EU Delegation to Ukraine.

Thoughts, practice & learning:
Mr. Gorka Espiau, Director at the Agirre Center for Social and Political Studies (University of the Basque Country) .
Ms. Lejla Sadiku, Innovation Team Leader, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and Central Asia –
Mr. Oleksandr Kobzarev, Chief Officer, Institute of City, Lviv, Ukraine
Mr. Mustafa Sait-Ametov, Regional Development Programme Manager, UNDP Ukraine.

2nd EIT Climate-KIC RIS Matchmaking Event

An event focused on the new Cohesion Policy, evidence-based policymaking, and capacity-building tools for transformative change.

About this event

What are the RIS Matchmaking events?

The RIS Matchmaking events are organised by the EIT Climate-KIC Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) Team for our regional ‘focal points’ or Hubs that act as innovation community catalysts in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The main goal is to expand and consolidate our ecosystem, share best practices, and orchestrate collaborations for innovation opportunities.


Understanding the new Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and implications for regions and countries in the New Multiannual Financial Framework, Recovery Plans, and Structural Funds.

  • Monika Zdaneviciute, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.

Sharing best practices of using regional policies, integrated approaches, and system mapping in territorial development.

  • Alessandro Daraio, Senior Advisor at the European Policies Coordination and Evaluation Unit (Emilia-Romagna).
  • Gorka Espiau Idoiaga, Managing Director at the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies (Basque Country).
  • Margaret Cassar, Director General at Environment, Climate Change and Development Planning Policy (Malta Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change, and Planning).TBC.

Navigate through the main elements of evidence-based policymaking and the EIT Climate-KIC capacity-building tools for transformative change.

  • Cristian Matti, EIT Climate-KIC Transitions Hub Lead & Research fellow Utrecht University

Finding synergies and potential collaborations: an interactive session for all participants.

Facilitator: Annalisa Spalazzi, EIT Climate-KIC RIS Programme Manager

Target participants:

  • EIT Climate-KIC RIS Hubs, partners, and stakeholders from Southern and Central Eastern Europe.
  • Policymakers and programme owners at the EU, national, regional, and local level (government officers; parliamentarians, advisors, civil servants…).
  • Practitioners interested in Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and science-policy-practice interfaces to design and implement strategies and action plans.

GUREAK, Gipuzkoako lehiakortasunaren dimentsio kulturalaren erreferentea

GUREAK, referente de la dimensión cultural de la competitividad en Gipuzkoa

 Mintegiaren helburua ALC-k EMUNekin lankidetzan Gureak taldeari buruz egindako ikerketa partekatzea da.Edukiera-muga dela eta, gonbidapenak ez du erreserba bermatzen. Martxoaren 19a baino lehen eman izena, mesedez (eserlekua martxoaren 22an baieztatuko da posta elektronikoz).

El objetivo de este seminario es compartir la investigación realizada por ALC en colaboración con EMUN sobre el grupo GUREAK.Debido a las limitaciones de aforo la invitación no garantiza la reserva. Se ruega confirmación para el 19 de marzo (la plaza se confirmará por email el 22 de marzo
   Centro Ignacio María Barriola Martxoaren 24an  / 24 de marzoPrograma GONBIDAPENA ESKATU – SOLICITUD DE INVITACIÓN