Bilbao 2018 – Programme, speakers: the latest update on our conference in Bilbao



Migration, #metoo, labour market inclusion: social challenges are increasingly urgent, complex and intertwined. This is particularly true for inequality, discrimination and exclusion. The world is changing. Why don’t we change too?


Join us in Bilbao, from 11 to 13 June 2018, on the occasion of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions’ (CEMR) conference. Discover how to build communities that value everyone.


This groundbreaking event is one of a kind in Europe. It will gather over 500 mayors, local and regional leaders, distinguished guests and experts in the fields of equality, diversity and inclusion.


Want examples? Bart Somers, the winner of the 2016 World Mayor prize, and mayor of Mechelen (Belgium), a city with people from 138 different countries, who managed to show how much strength diversity can bring to a city. He will discuss the “Mechelen model” with us, focusing on migrant integration.
You will also have the opportunity to exchange with Friso Roscam Abbing, Head of Department at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Laura Capobianco, UN Women Global Adviser, as well as Benedetto Zacchiroli, President of the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism.



What about the programme?


From safe spaces online and in town to local alliances for labour market inclusion: if you are interested in local government, equality, diversity and inclusion, this programme is for you.


To find out more about it, explore the programme first-hand in French or English. A more detailed version will be available on the conference website in January 2018.



Early bird fee


Register today and you can benefit from the early bird fee. This fee is applicable until 5 March 2018.



Are you active on social media?


We have created a discussion on social media with the hashtag #CEMRBilbao2018. Exchange with us. Challenge your ideas. And drive the debates around equality, diversity and inclusion forwards.