We are a network
Multiple times per year, AER brings together regions, so that they may stand stronger together, and grow in a space of best practice exchange.
REGISTER NOW — Agenda 2030: Transforming Regions, Changing the World
28 October - 29 October
On-site registrations for our high-level conference ‘Agenda2030: Transforming Regions, Changing the World’ are now open until Friday, 8 October. Stay updated via the official Regions2030.com website!
What is the goal of the Agenda 2030 Conference? 🌍
The goal of the Conference is to show that regions play a key role, alongside cities, in facilitating the transformation required to successfully implement and achieve the 17 Goals set out in the 2030 Agenda.
This Conference will take place on 28 and 29 October on-site at the Region of Grand Est in Strasbourg (FR) and online. The AER will hold its Executive Board and General Assembly meetings in tandem with the Conference on-site and remotely.
What can Participants Expect?💡
Hosted at the Region of Grand Est (FR), the AER and our global partners will gather local and regional stakeholders from around the world for two days of discussion, debate and sharing of ideas on how to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Read the programme HERE.
Get insights on the SDGs at our Plenary sessions:
Thursday, 28 October: 15:00-16:30 CET [Hemicycle Room]: This panel debate will discuss challenges that know no borders, and assess recommendations to increase multi-stakeholder involvement in the development of policy strategies related to the SDGs. President of United Cities and Local Governments and Mayor of Al Hoceima (Morocco), Mohamed Boudra, will join this debate.
Friday, 29 October: 12:00-13:00 CET [Hemicycle Room]: AER President, Magnus Bertnsson, will lead a discussion on the state of play regarding implementation of the SDGs at local and regional level. The panel will assess the consequences and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about, and set out ideas in order to achieve sustainable and resilient regions in a post-pandemic world. Leen Verbeek, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, and Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga (PT) and Member of the European Committee of the Regions are among the speakers who will take part in the discussion.
Share ideas for transforming regions at our Workshops:
On Friday, 29 October, the AER and our global partners will host hybrid workshops on different themes related to the SDGs. You can find out more about them by clicking the links below, and indicate which workshop(s) you would like to join on the registration page via the button above.
Organiser: AER Task Force on Democracy
9:15-10:15 CET [Bartholdi Room]: This workshop will focus on the critical role of democratic, inclusive governance in delivering the SDGs. Good practices will also be exchanged on how to foster multi-stakeholder partnerships to bring the voices of the most marginalised and under-represented communities to policy decision-making, in order to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
Co-organised by AER Task Force on Climate & Regions 4
9:15-10:15 CET, [Hemicycle Room]: This workshop will explore how local and regional governments can drive action to protect biodiversity, delivering on the SDGs and enabling a green and resilient recovery from the pandemic.
Partnership: How Can Regions Deliver on Voluntary Reviews?
Organiser: Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CoE)
9:15-10:15 CET, [Amphitéâtre Room]: The objective of this workshop is to highlight the importance of regional and local input into national reviews, in the context of the overall need for greater regionalisation of SDG implementation.
Co-organised by Intercultural Regions Network, Intercultural Cities Programme (CoE) and Includ-EU Project
10:30-11:30 CET, [Hemicycle Room]: Includ-EU has partnered with the Intercultural Regions Network and the Council of Europe to shed light on the application of the intercultural integration concept at the regional level, focusing on one main topic, hate speech.
Organiser: AER Summer Academy
10:30-11:30 CET, [Amphitéâtre Room]: ‘Leaving No Youth Behind’ means that the green and ‘just’ transitions can only be achieved in full partnership with all members of society –regional and local authorities, civil society and young people– so that no one and no territory is left behind. This session will look into good practices of intergenerational governance facilitating youth leadership in the shift to a sustainable and prosperous path.
Getting to Strasbourg 🇫🇷
Those travelling to Strasbourg are invited to take a look at the Info Pack for information on travel, hotels and Study Visits HERE.
AER members are cordially invited to join the meeting of the General Assembly on 28 October. The agenda for the General Assembly will be available shortly.
It will be possible for those unable to travel to join these meetings remotely. Online-only registration will open closer to the date of the Conference. Registrations for all on-site events will close on 8 October.
Share your ideas for achieving Agenda 2030! 📩
Got a best-practice on one of the Sustainable Development Goals you want to share? Contact us with articles and videos from your region! We’ll give them pride of place on our Agenda 2030 Website and dedicated Twitter page — and don’t forget to follow. Find out all the ways you can get involved HERE.
COVID-19 Rules & Requirements 🔍📝
- a completed vaccination certificate;
- a negative PCR or antigen test no more than 48 hours old;
- proof of recovery from COVID-19: a positive PCR or antigen test result taken at least 15 days prior to and not longer than six months before the Conference.
Attendees are obliged to abide by the sanitary rules and requirements at all times while in attendance on-site. The AER or Grand Est Region cannot be held responsible for any expenses incurred by persons denied entry or ejected for failure to produce valid COVID-19 documents and/or to adhere to sanitary rules.