27 Apr 2022
28 Apr 2022
Events by UIA secretariat

EU cities acting for just transitions and climate adaptation

seville event
UIA & the city of Seville organised a 2-day event to discuss how EU cities can contribute to green and just transitions and showcase concrete experiments to make resilient cities from around the world.


Event presentation





April 27
Opening of DAY 1
8.45 – 9.30 Welcome coffee, sign-in, badge collection, entrance to the event venue
9.30 – 9.50 Welcome Speech
  • David Guevara, Deputy Mayor of Seville in charge of ecological transition
9.50 – 10.10 COP26: what’s next?
  • Susan Aitken, Glasgow City Council Leader (online)
10.10 - 10.20 UIA welcome and introduction
  • Tim Caulfield, UIA Director
10.20 – 12.00

Opening Plenary - Just transitions and Urban Adjustments

High level panel discussion

Moderator: Konstantina Karydi, UIA Expert

  • David Guevara, Deputy Mayor of Seville in charge of ecological transition
  • Robert Raga, Mayor of Riba-Roja de Túria
  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester (online)
  • Andy Deacon, Acting Managing Director- Global Covenant of Mayors
  • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of the Territorial Development Unit, Joint Research Centre - European Commission
  • Ivone Pereira Martins, Urban Sustainability Strategic Coordinator at European Environment Agency

12.00 - 13.30

UIA in Action!

Visit at the CartujaQanat project and onsite project presentation

13.30 - 14.30

Networking lunch at CartujaQanat Project 

14.30 – 16.30

Policy Lab on Climate adaptation with UIA Cities: Barcelona, Seville, Paris, Greater Manchester, Riba-roja de Turia, Amsterdam

World café sessions to discuss key learning and experience of the 6 cities implementing climate adaptation solutions together with participants

Moderators: Constantinos Cartalis, Birgit Georgi & Maria Sitzoglou, UIA Experts

3 parallel workshops on:

Re-designing urban spaces for climate adaptation

  • Rachel Morrison, Greater Manchester
  • Mario Ruiz, CETAQUA, Riba-Roja
  • Esperanza Caro, City of Seville
  • Marc van Gemert, City of Amsterdam
  • Enric Cremades, City of Barcelona


Keeping the city resilient under climate extremes

  • Sam Evans, Greater Manchester
  • Antonio del Campo, Polytechnic University of Valencia
  • María Paz Lagares Gaitán, City of Seville
  • Kasper Spaan, Waternet, Amsterdam


Citizen’s engagement and participation – a vital requirement to create climate-resilient cities

  • Vicente Adobes, City of Riba-Roja
  • R. David Pino Merlo, City of Sevilla
  • Raphaëlle Thiollier, City of Paris
  • Marie Morel, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Sam Hartley, Business in the Community
16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break
17.00 – 17.30

Climate Adaptation Policy Lab

  • Feedback
17.30 – 18.30

Just transitions and resilience: no one left behind in urban resilience building

Panel discussion in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Make Cities Resilient 2030 initiative

Moderator: Julia Lopez Ventura, C40 Regional Director for Europe

  • Sebastien Penzini, Deputy-Chief United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Europe and Central Asia
  • Juan Antonio Sagredo, Mayor of Paterna
  • Eleni Myrivili, Chief Heat Officer and Senior advisor to the Mayor of Athens
  • Stefania Manca, Coordinator, Climate Adaptation Partnership of the EU Urban Agenda
  • Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director Europe Managing - ICLEI (online)
19.30 Cocktail dinner at Reales Alcazares de  Sevilla
April 28
Opening of DAY 2
9.00 – 9.30 Welcome coffee, sign-in, entrance to the event venue
9.30 – 9.35 Welcome by Carmen Castreno, President of the Municipal cooperation of public entreprises of Seville
9.30 – 9.45 Opening by Pia Laurila, European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
9.45 – 11.00

Panel Discussion: Cities, Jobs and Just Transitions

Panel discussion on skills for a green future with presentation of findings and results of the UIA capitalisation work

Moderator: Eddy Adams, UIA Expert

  • Constantinos Cartalis, UIA Expert
  • Kasper Spaan, Waternet, City of Amsterdam
  • Raphaëlle Thiollier, OASIS Project Manager, City of Paris
  • Carles Ferreiro, Director of Bussines & Innovation Services, City of Viladecans
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00

Closing Plenary: Making cities affordable to all. The social risks of green transition

Moderator: Marcelline Bonneau, UIA Expert

  • Derkien De Baets, ICCARus Project Manager, City of Ghent
  • Fernando González, Architect UIA EPIU project, City of Getafe
  • Annika DalenGender Quality Officer, URBACT Gender Equal Cities Network, City of Umea
  • Julie Yang, Project Manager, Covenant of Mayor
  • Özgür Öner, Director of the EU Representation at the German Federation of Real Estate and Housing Associations (GdW)
13.00 – 14.00 Networking Lunch


Practical information for the event


It is timely crucial to bring forward practical interventions and results that could inspire and foster locally-based transitions in EU cities. On 27-28 April, join us in Seville for valuable discussions, workshops, and inspirational talks on just urban transitions and how to innovate in cities when adapting to climate change. The event will be held in the rehabilitated urban area of Cartuja Qanat, Cartuja Center CITE and partly lived streamed. Cartuja Qanat is also the location of an innovative urban transformation project through which the use of the street is promoted as a social catalyst, improving it and involving the entire ecosystem of the city (public and private agents and citizens) in this transformation.

Registrations are now closed as we have reached our maximum capacity for the event.

Interested in joining online? Plenary sessions will be live streamed on this page for you to follow online.

Stay tuned and follow us on social media: @UIA_initiative for more info.


In line with the European commitments in the Paris Agreement on Climate and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the European Green Deal set an ambitious objective: making Europe the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050. This objective implies changing the overall structures of the economy, transitioning from a highly pollutant-economy towards a sustainable one, within planetary and social boundaries, building strong links to the European Resilience & Recovery program. Climate change has direct impacts on cities, such as health problems due to heat, or flooding damage to buildings and infrastructure. Many knock-on impacts affect other areas, sectors and people inside and outside the city. Climate change is thus a systemic challenge for cities and their surroundings and affects the market economy as well as its citizens, especially the most vulnerable.

What to expect?

The event will give the voice to Mayors and Cities on the importance of city strategies and new solutions for well-adapted and climate-resilient cities, leaving no one behind. It will also be the opportunity to capitalise on the results and knowledge of six UIA projects that address the immediate needs and are equipping themselves with the tools to address climate change consequences through the urban fabric.

In partnership with: the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk ReductionMaking Cities Resilient 2030 initiative the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction