European Metropolitan Authorities Declaration

Source of Action
World Urban Forum
2022 - 2023
Last Updated
27 March 2023


1) European Metropolitan Areas network shows its commitment to be involved and to participate in the reconstruction of Ukrainian cities through political, economic and technical support. 2) The political leaders of European Metropolises, undertake to counter-react the crises with new models of urban policies and solutions. We undertake to assist our municipalities and support the co-generation, cogovernance and creativity in sharing economies related to food, mobility, housing, etc. 3) we the EMA political leaders show our support for the REPowerEU objectives 2 with a simultaneous call to EU institutions about our readiness to participate as stakeholders, beneficiaries and demo areas of modern solutions. 4)With new challenges related to the refugee crises around the globe and especially in Europe, we the political leaders underline the power of both local and international exchange and support. 5) We, the local political leaders notice and underline the imperative of good governance but never through recentralization practices, we have faced during the COVID-19 pandemics. Governing future cities and metropolitan areas will with time be more complex and will require strong institutions with financial resources and participative approach. We strongly support informed policy-making and we call EU institutions to support us in our efforts, by enabling metropolitan areas directly participate and directly benefit from EU Policies in particular the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the cohesion instruments. These commitments will be measured through specific actions.

Outcomes and Impacts

Increased and equal access to basic services, sustainable mobility and public space (most indicators at outcome level measure institutional outcome), Improved spatial connectivity and productivity of cities and regions, Expanded deployment of frontier technologies and innovations for urban development, Reduced greenhouse emissions and improved air quality, Improved resource efficiency and protection of ecological assets, Effective adaptation of communities and infrastructure to climate change, Enhanced social integration and inclusive communities, Improved living standards and inclusion of migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees through effective crisis response and recovery, Enhanced resilience of the built environment and infrastructure, Resilience


Europe and Central Asia

Level of Activity

Local and Regional Government

Lead Entity

Barcelona Metropolitan Area & EMA Network

Key Dates

Start year: 6/27/2022

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development