The City of Bari chosen for the results of the works carried out in Geneva last April and the recommendations adopted by the cities, to be ratified within the 83rd Assembly of the UNECE – the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, currently in progress. One to designate the capital for the important task is the status of the steering committee of the United Nations Forum of Mayors, in agreement with the Permanent Representation of Italy to international organizations in Geneva.
This is the deputy mayor Eugenio Di Sciascio, who spoke on behalf of the City of Bari in place of the mayor Decaro, stressed the need to incorporate the United Nations sustainable development goals into urban agendas to promote greater integration between transnational, national and local, focus more and more the action of cities on the fight against climate change, promote a wider involvement of citizens and communities in the challenges of the future, with particular attention to the new generations.
“It was an honor to have been selected by the UNECE as speaker of the Forum of Mayors in such a large forum last – comments Eugenio Di Sciascio -, a recognition that gratifies the effort made over the years on international relations and transnational networks between cities. It is in cities that the great global challenges, such as climate change, welcoming migrants, combating food poverty or energy sustainability, can be concretely addressed and that is why the United Nations feels the need to contextualize their 2030 goals in local ambitions. Once again, even here in San Marino, with all the mayors who have intervened and the representatives of the urban systems harshly from war ”.
On the front of the recommendations of the mayors to the governments, the cities gathered in the Forum below: greater involvement in the UN in the planning and decision-making processes for the development of common solutions for global challenges; strengthening collaboration between cities and Member States and permanent representations; the increase in the number of cities adhering to the Forum, expanding the current representation of one city per country; the organization of a public event around the Forum to exchange good practices, including with international networks, on topical global political issues; the implementation of a permanent digital platform in the form of a community of practice between cities.
The Forum of Mayors (FoM) was established in 2020 by the UNECE to facilitate the exchange of experiences between cities and discuss solutions to address the challenges aimed at achieving the sustainable development goals identified by the UN for they are urban.