2021 International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) Conference

Virtual sessions November 29 - December 2

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Citizen Participation in Ecological Transformation

November 29, 15h00-17h00 CET

Local governments must play a key and pioneering role in the ecological transformation of our societies, and citizens cannot be only spectators in this process. In this session experiences and the steps to follow were shared in order to foster government-citizen dialogue and the co-creation of solutions for the ecological transition. This theme will be central to the IOPD 2022 Conference, so it can be seen as a pre-session to the next global meeting.

In face of the world’s interconnected crises, on health, the climate emergency and biodiversity loss, the ecological transformation of our cities and territories provides an urgent roadmap to a sustainable and resilient planet for present and future generations. This process will need to recognize the diverse citizenship value grounded in rural and urban life territories, and participatory processes as an inclusion tool to integrate different actors and perspectives into decision-making.

The UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow recently finished with an important call to drive multi-level and inclusive action as the pathway to enhance climate ambition in order to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the goal to keep global warming within 1.5C. In this regard, the role of local and regional governments is necessary to mobilize local stakeholders and to pursue spatial-based transformation on the ground. With special attention to the role of intermediary cities and regions, an ecological transformation will oversee the protection of our global commons and reestablish our relationship with the planet. This will, in turn, seek improved life conditions and the care of our communities, for example in regard to local service provision, on energy, water, education, health or mobility.

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Guiding questions

Is collective intelligence and horizontal networking more useful than the top/down approach on ecological challenges?

How should cities and territories deal with ecological transformation?

How to plan climate/ecological action by involving citizens?

Is it possible (and necessary?) to involve a broad part of the population in ecological transformation/resilience actions?


Opening of the IOPD 2021 Conference Virtual sessions

  • Nelly Ouassenan, Deputy-mayor of Cocody and IOPD President
  • Marc Serra, Councilor of Barcelona and IOPD Secretary General
  • Emilia Saiz, UCLG Secretary General

Debate on the role of citizen participation in ecological transformation

  • José Manuel Ribeiro, Mayor of Valongo
  • Peter Jansson, Mayor of Are municipality
  • José Fajardo, Councilor of Cuenca
  • Gilles Namur, Councilor of Grenoble
  • Maria Price, chancellor at the Swedish Council for the Promotion of Municipal Analyzes.
  • Florence N’Da Konan, CEO d’Autres Possible
  • Manuela Maunier, Undersecretary for Citizen Participation of the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires
  • Daniel Mancebo, Head of the planification office Rio de Janeiro (TBC)
  • Rio de Janeiro (TBC)
  • Diego Leone, Secretary of Environment and Public Space of the Municipality of Rosario
  • Christina Paci, environmental transition directory of Milan
  • Daniela Amann, Network and Delivery Manager at Democratic Society

Speakers presentations

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