A delegation of the City of Matola, led by its mayor Calisto Cossa, president of the IOPD, visited the city of Barcelona to close the preparations of the 16th IOPD Conference to be held in the Mozambican city from 4 to 6 May. During this visit they have held several meetings to define the programmatic and organizational details of the international event that is expected to draw some 1,500 participants.
On March 7th, they met with Gala Pin, Councillor for Citizen Participation of Barcelona City Council and Secretary General of the IOPD, and the coordinator of the Technical Secretariat Adrià Duarte. As part of this gathered were completed to outline the themes of the various panel discussions and activities held in the Conference. The event aims to be a meeting point for politicians, technicians and experts in models of participatory public policies in different regions of the world.
Then the organizing committee of the Conference met with UCLG staff (United Cities and Local Governments) to exchange views and focus the theme of the Conference in the framework of Habitat III. UCLG will help spread the IOPD Conference and serve as a bridge with local governments and other international actors. Assistant Secretary General of UCLG Emilia Saiz, who participated in the meetings with the president of the IOPD and his team, emphasized the need for the IOPD Conference serves previous thematic work facing the UCLG Congress of Bogota to be held in October 2016 just before the Habitat III summit of Quito.
Finally, the organizing committee also met with the 3rd Deputy Mayor of Barcelona Jaume Asens to exchange views on the Conference and open a dialogue for cooperation between the two cities.