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2030 Agenda for sustainable development


Ever since its foundation, Seville has been a city with universal vocation, a meeting place for cultures, an example of coexistence and a bridge between civilizations. In 2017, we celebrate 25 years since the extraordinary event that transformed our city, modernised Andalusia and had a profound international impact: the 1992 Universal Exposition. 112 countries took part with magnificent pavilions in the area where today stands the Science and
Technology Park Cartuja, one of the most important centres in Europe.

This is why our city, committed just like many other world capitals to the global challenges set out in the United Nations 2030 New Urban Agenda, adopted in Quito (Ecuador) in October 2016, has wanted to use this anniversary to create a meeting place for local governments, where we can analyse and debate the global challenges that will enable us to progress with a more inclusive and sustainable development economically, socially and environmentally.

Juan Espadas Cejas, Mayor of Seville

His Majesty
King Felipe VI

Presidency of Honor I Global Forum of Local Goverments: Destination Seville


Urban liveability and intelligent sustainability.
Network friendly cities working together for the future of the planet: digitalization, globality and sustainability





L ocal governments coming together to share the actions being undertaken across the world for the benefit of citizens, tourists, investors and companies. A space to initiate and strengthen collaborations and share positive sustainable practices at an environmental, economic, technological and social level. A space to focus on transformation processes aimed at Cities and Smart Destinations, taking into account key elements such as governance, social cohesion, urban planning and mobility, public service management, sustainability and energy.


Cities are proving to be the key players in achieving the 2030 Agenda for global development, an agenda which adresses each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The goals can be summarized in three core principles: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change, focusing on education, energy, food, health, security, water and space.

Seville is the capital of Andalusia home to 700,000 people and about a million and a half people in the metropolitan area that surrounds it. It has exceptional direct links with major capital cities in Europe and
Spain, with high speed connections and the San Pablo International Airport, as well as the most important river
port in the south of Europe.
With almost thirty centuries of history and the Guadalquivir river as the focal point, it bears the footprints left by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Visigoths and Muslims, and its old town is one of the three most important in all of Europe. It also has three historic buildings declared World Heritage Sites: the Cathedral, the Royal Alcázar Palace and the Archive of the Indies. As part of its major forthcoming challenges, Seville will pay tribute to its history and culture through far-reaching projects, such as the Year of Murillo, celebrated in 2017-2018, or the 500th anniversary of the first trip around the world, which will take place between 2019 and 2022.

With more than 3000 hours of sun a year and its mild winters, Seville has an exceptional climate that allows Sevillians and tourists to enjoy public spaces and the many parks, squares, gardens, palaces, convents,
churches and museums that can be found in the city.

As well as this rich historical heritage, making the city one of the most important tourist destinations in Spain, receiving more than three and a half million visitors each year, Seville is also very powerful from an economic and business standpoint. The city is a benchmark in the aviation sector; it also has the scientific and technological parks of Cartuja and Aerópolis, two driving forces for growth and the transfer of innovation which are examples at a national level; and together with the Free Zone and the Port measuring over one million metres squared, it makes up an impressive industrial space.

Seville aspires to play a prominent role in driving intelligent capital strategies in two areas: its metropolitan area, which encompasses some 50 communities, and Andalusia, together with Cordoba, Malaga and Granada.


The Age of Smart Cities
Local entities undergoing transformation towards
intelligent and innovative cities.

Local Sustainability Policies under the 2030 Agenda
The environment and climate change.

Inclusive cities, shared social development
The challenges of urban diversity and social inclusion.

Sustainable destinations for digital tourists
New tools for tourism innovation in unique destinations.


T he city of Seville wants to make this Forum a permanent annual event and conclude cooperation agreements with participating cities to work together on projects and matters such as: urban anagement, technological innovation, environmental sustainability, university education and research, tourism and culture.