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Economic and sustainable recovery: a brave challenge is the subject of the next IUC-LAC Dialogues

After the seminars focused on tourism and urban transformation of the previous weeks, in the coming days the Green Recovery and SMART Recovery seminars will take place, both framed within the Economic Recovery week of the Open Dialogues IUC-LAC, online seminars developed by the International Urban Cooperation Program in Latin America and the Caribbean that brings together government teams, entrepreneurs and development experts from the region and Europe.

The week’s objective is to propose a way out of the economic crisis generated by the coronavirus from the sustainable and measured use of natural resources, and the use of new technologies and digital tools that are born in cities.

The first of these, Green Recovery, will take place on June 23 at 5:00 p.m. CET, and will deal with how the recovery coincides with the implementation by the European Union of new environmental policies that seek the transition towards a more sustainable economy. Will economic recovery be an opportunity to rethink our planet’s prosperity model and build an economy around ecological principles?

The seminar will feature high-level speakers such as the Mayor of Viana do Castelo (Portugal), José María Costa, the Mayor of São Leopoldo (Brazil), Ary Vanazzi, the Director of Urban Policies and Financing Strategies for Pablos Melas (Greece), Paris Kourti, the Dean of Business Administration of the Cooperative University of Colombia in Ibagué (Colombia), Sebastián Sánchez, and the expert in Circular Economy, Marin Zegers, who will present the case study of the Municipality of Utrecht (Netherlands). The space will be moderated by the expert in social and economic development, Sergio Barroso. Lise Pate, Deputy Director of the Regional Team of Foreign Policy Instruments for the Americas of the European Union, will open the session.

The second of them, SMART Recovery, which will take place on June 25 at 5:00 p.m. CET, will deal with the digital economy as a new engine of growth and employment, which has precisely seen its implementation multiplied during the period of confinement and is looming as essential for the economic recovery of cities. Is this pandemic-accelerated digital transition trend really an opportunity for cities to recover economically?

The space will have the participation of the Director of Urban Projects and City Intelligence of Barranquilla (Colombia), Ricardo Vives, of the Sanitation and Environment Advisor of Benedito Novo (Brazil), Simone Gomes Traleski, of the Director of R&D of the Smart City Cluster from Spain, Verónica Ramírez, and from the CEO of Porto Digital, from Porto (Portugal), Paulo Calçada. Likewise, the Director of Start-up Lisbon, Miguel Fontes, will participate through his case study on the incubation and acceleration of technology-based start-ups. The space will be moderated by the expert in social and economic development, Sergio Barroso. Lise Pate, Deputy Director of the Regional Team of Foreign Policy Instruments for the Americas of the European Union, will open the session.

On the occasion of the cessation by Covid-19 of face-to-face activities, the International Program for Urban Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean (IUC-LAC) has been developing online seminars such as those mentioned, baptized under the name of Open Dialogues IUC-LAC.

The dialogues began on May 13 with a seminar on the revival of the post-Covid-19 tourism industry and will run until next July with the development of another 4 more seminars, which will focus on economic recovery and climate resilience. The objective of the seminars is to strengthen the relationship between the cities participating in the program and exchange experiences and good practices to face the post-Covid-19 stage.

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Green Recovery – June 23

Hour

Athens – 18H

Madrid / Brussels – 17H

Lisbon – 16H

Brasília – 12H

Bogotá – 10H

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SMART Recovery – June 25

Hour

Athens – 18H

Madrid / Brussels – 17H

Lisbon – 16H

Brasília – 12H

Bogotá – 10H

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