The future of cities cannot be decided without inputs from territories

On 24 and 25 September, the city of Morón, Argentina, hosted the Second International Assembly of the Forum of Peripheral Local Authorities (FALP) themed "Peripheral Cities, Future Territories". The Assembly’s goal is to continue to collectively build more interdependent, democratic and inclusive metropolitan areas.

The Second International Assembly of FALP gathered mayors and officials from cities and metropolitan areas across Latin America, Europe and Africa, in addition to members of the academic community. A large number of youth also attended and had previously participated in the first “International Youth Meetings of Peripheral Cities”, bringing outstanding contributions to discussions and the overall conclusion of the event.

The Forum’s complete report is available here (available in Spanish).

The FALP network was created by the Forum of Local Authorities for Social Inclusion (FAL) and the World Social Forum and is part of the UCLG Committee on Peripheral Cities. A collective effort, FALP I was first held in Nanterre, France, in 2006 where it was titled “Another Look at the Metropolis from the Peripheries”. In 2013, FALP II in Canoas Brazil demanded the right to the city as well as united and inclusive metropoles for all.  

It is in this sense and within the prospect of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, as well as FALP IV, both taking place in 2016, that the cities of the Forum of Peripheral Local Authorities established an agenda of priority themes respecting the following rights:

  1. More multipolar metropolitan areas
  2. Metropolitan areas that promote greater participation and better quality of particpation for citizens — coordinated via international and multilevel cooperation
  3. More inclusive metropolitan areas that continuously recognize new rights in search of social justice

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