Urban Transitions for a More Sustainable Future: Lessons from Europe

16 December, 2020


The Policy Lab for Poland was held jointly with the Polish Ministry for Development Funds and Regional Policy on 16 December 2020. The event was part of Poland’s 2020-21 presidency of the Visegrad Group and contributed to the Ministry’s preparations for the 11th World Urban Forum (WUF11), taking place in Katowice, Poland in 2022.

In light of the increasing need for cities to become more sustainable, highlighted by the New Leipzig Charter, Urban Agenda for the EU and the EU Green Deal, this interactive Policy Lab focused on sustainable urban transitions, with speakers from across Europe offering insights about the lessons learnt in their cities. The event, therefore, gave participating cities, particularly those in Poland and other V4 countries, an insight into how cities across Europe are driving (or planning) green, just, and productive transformations. 

During the event expert speakers from Maribor (Slovenia), Essen (Germany), Jaworzno (Poland) and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) shared their knowledge about recent transformations of European cities towards greater sustainability and resilience. Five Polish cities also “pitched” their city’s sustainable transition strategy or idea. There was room for debate and interaction with the panelists, who gave recommendations to the Polish cities who had pitched.

The main reflections and recommendations co-produced during the webinar will inform a final report extrapolating practical tips for Polish municipalities to develop and implement their own sustainable transition strategies; it will also inform the Ministry’s development of the World Urban Forum (WUF) Action Plan over the course of the next year.