Press Releases GPF event on 22 June: “Progressive policies in local communities can solve everyday problems of citizens”, say S&Ds

GPF event on 22 June: “Progressive policies in local communities can solve everyday problems of citizens”, say S&Ds

On Tuesday, 22 June 2021, the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and the Global Progressive Forum (GPF) will jointly organise a webinar on Local communities for a sustainable world.

The event will take place 14:00-15:30 Brussels time and will be live-streamed at:

Andreas Schieder, S&D MEP and co-chair of the GPF said:

Local authorities are one of the pillars of democracy as they are closest political contact point in the daily lives of our citizens. Therefore, they can make valuable contributions to solving many everyday problems. As progressives, we always strive for more social cohesion and fairer societies that deliver tangible results. We stand ready to fight for global solidarity and local communities will play a key role in this. It is time to focus on the people, the planet and prosperity, instead of free markets and maximising profits.”

Speakers at the event include Andreas Schieder, S&D MEP and co-chair of the GPF; Gunter Pauli, economist and author of the “Blue Economy”; Sunita Narain, Indian environmentalist, director general of the India-based research institute the Centre for Science and Environment and director of the Society for Environmental Communications; Carolina Urrutia Vásquez, Environment Secretary, City of Bogotá, Colombia; and Paul Magnette, Mayor of Charleroi, Belgium. The event is open to the public and will be moderated by the Brussels-based freelance journalist Beatriz Ríos.

The event forms part of a series of one hundred online events being organised by the different GPF partners from April to November 2021 covering various topics linked to the progressive agenda.  The next joint event will be on 29 June 2021 and focus on “Resilient democracies in Asia/Oceania”. Further information on all the upcoming preparatory events can be found on the Global Progressive Forum website.

Note to the editors:

The GPF is an international coalition of progressive groups, which have joined forces to launch the Global Progressive Forum 2021 ( The GPF 2021 event will be convened in the European Parliament in Brussels on 17-19 November 2021 and aims at connecting progressive forces from around the world to develop a global progressive agenda. It will be the first major international gathering of progressive forces – bringing people together both online and in person – since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Topics for discussion range from climate change to economic governance, sustainability and digitisation. Speakers will include progressive prime ministers, mayors, academics, trade unionists, civil society representatives and activists from around the world.

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