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Metropolis of care: Redrawing borders with empathy

Bogota hosts World Metropolitan Day 2022

  7 October - Bogota and Online  

As part of World Metropolitan Day, Bogota, Metropolis and UN-Habitat celebrate a global conversation about the relevance of care as a framework for strengthening metropolitan governance.


Reorganising metropolises around care means putting at the centre of governance and planning, the conditions to ensure the well-being of the people, the planet and democracy. Care not only offers an opportunity to transform the way we approach people's well-being, but also to rethink our relationship with natural resources and the way we ensure peace-building around the world. A metropolis of care goes beyond the boundaries of the big city and requires solidarity and empathy.

Under an overarching and innovative approach to care, metropolises can move towards a holistic and multisectoral approach that uses care as a transversal and cohesive element connecting gender, housing, mobility and environmental policies, and changing our approach from competing across boundaries to collaborating effectively in light of global challenges.


Concept note event 7 October



  • Gather global visions and experiences to design cities around the overarching framework of care and strengthen metropolitan governance and cooperation capacities.

  • Strengthen governance capacities and cooperation in metropolitan spaces.

  • Reflect on a roadmap to move towards a Caring Metropolises Framework that allows the world's large metropolises to face and respond to the current global emergency.



8:00 – 8:15 Opening remarks

  • Claudia López, Mayor of Bogotá

  • Jordi Vaquer, Metropolis Secretary-General

  • Elkin Velásquez, Regional Director LAC, UN-Habitat

8:15 – 9:15 Panel 1. Metropolis of care: redrawing borders with empathy

  • Claudia López, Mayor of Bogotá

  • Nicolás García, Governor of Cundinamarca

  • Carolina Cosse, Mayor of Montevideo

  • Elkin Velásquez, Regional Director LAC, UN-Habitat

Moderator: Jordi Vaquer, Metropolis Secretary-General

9:15 – 10:15 Panel 2. Challenges of Territorial Associativity Schemes

  • Cesar Camilo Hernández, Director of the Metropolitan Area of Bucaramanga

  • Pablo Marcelo Maturana, Subdirector of Cooperation of the Metropolitan Area of Valle de Aburrá

  • Juan Francisco Bernal, Director of Asocentro

  • Ricardo Agudelo Sedano, Director of RAPE

Moderator: Cristhian Ortega, Director of the Observatory of urban and regional dynamics

10:15 – 10:50 Metropolitan Region Bogotá Cundinamarca: A single Territory

  • Patricia González Avila, Secretary for Regional Integration, Government of Cundinamarca (Colombia)

  • Wilson García, Mayor of Zipaquirá (Colombia)

  • Samir Abizambra, Councillor of Bogotá (Colombia)

Moderator: Consuelo Ordoñez, Director of Regional, National and International Integration of the Mayor's Office of Bogotá

10:50 – 11:00 Wrap-up

Jordi Vaquer, Metropolis Secretary-General


Information to participate



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Organised by Bogota, Metropolis and UN-Habitat.