Fit for the future!

Celebrating pioneering in partnerships EU / NL Urban Agenda

Three years ago, the European Urban Agenda was launched during the Dutch Presidency of the European Union 2016 in Amsterdam. At WeMakeThe.City, the Dutch Special Envoy Nicolaas Beets will look back and share the lessons learned in working on complex urban challenges together with several cities all over Europe. We will also evaluate the results of the Dutch Urban Agenda, Agenda Stad, together with pioneering urban innovators.

Furthermore, we invite the partnerships to share their innovative approaches and will be appreciative of the input of all urban pioneers in order to be fit for the future. In thematic sessions, we share potential for successful adaptation in other contexts, using the three themes, Smart, Green, and Inclusive.

  • Smart: Cities are evolving towards an economy based on knowledge, research and innovation. How does this affect the jobs and skills? How do we educate and train people for jobs that do not yet exist?
  • Green: Healthy, compact and energy-efficient cities are key to green growth in Europe. Many European and Dutch cities are currently developing or expanding their networks for sustainable transport, waste management, district heating and green infrastructures. What does this mean for the collaboration of private and public partners?
  • Inclusive: Under the umbrella of inclusiveness we take a look at inclusive socio-economic growth and inclusive policy making. What does it take to experiment with a few to the benefit of all? How do you include ‘lukewarm’ partners?


13.30 p.m. – 16.45 p.m.   

  • A word of welcome by general moderator Natasja van den Berg
  • Afterwards an introductory keynote by Dutch Special Urban Envoy, mr. Nicolaas Beets,where he shares the lessons learned of the ‘extraordinarily ambitious concept’ of the European Urban Agenda. What are the tangible results and what is the connection of Europe with the everyday practice of the cities?
  • Following a keynote by Elena Szolgayová (DG Housing Policy and Urban Development Slovakia) about what it takes to work in an international partnership in general and specifically in the partnership Affordable Housing.
  • Coffee – and tea break
  • Break-out sessions: Smart, Green and Inclusive.
  • A concluding keynote speech by professor Maarten Hajer on the opportunities and pitfalls of experimental multilevel governance.
  • Closing drinks and informal reception

Important: This program is free to enter, you just have to reserve a seat. Contrary to the pop-up screen when you reserve a seat, it is not neccesary to purchase a day-pass. The ticket in your inbox suffices.

  • Urban Conference

Woensdag 19 juni 13.30 - 16.45
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC, Amsterdam

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