Opening Session: Welcome Address & Panel Discussion

Start of the event:
14:00 Berlin, 21:00 Peking, 15:00 Amman, 16:00 Nairobi, 17:00 Tbilisi, 10:00 Brasília, 8:00 Bogotá

Languages of the event: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese


Cities in Crisis - Challenges and Future of Cities in view of the Pandemic 

In the frame of the Connective Cities virtual week, our opening session Cities in Crisis – Challenges and Future of Cities in view of the Pandemic will take place on Monday, November 23th. We cordially invite you to join this session.

Cities worldwide are severely affected by the impact of COVID-19. Our opening session will provide an overview of the challenge’s cities are facing during the pandemic and how possible consequences of the crisis can be dealt with in the future. Further, it will be discussed whether and to what extent urban development will change in new directions in the view of the pandemic.

We are looking forward to your participation!

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AGENDA Monday, 23rd NOVEMBER 2020 – 14:00 – 16:30 (CET)

Time (CET)




Opening of the room

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Opening of the session

Ricarda Meissner, Connective Cities & Daniela Marzavan, Innovation Consultant


Presentation of the agenda for the day

Daniela Marzavan


Welcome Address

Felix Reifschneider, Deputy Head of UnityMinistry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Sabine Drees, Senior Advisor International Affairs, Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag)

Ricarda Meissner, Project director Connective Cities, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


Introduction of the panel speakers

Daniela Marzavan


Panel Discussion:

Cities in Crisis – Challenges and Future of Cities in view of the Pandemic

Mauricio Aguirre Lozano, Secretary of Government of Naucalpan de Juárez, México

Francisco Carvalho, Mayor of Praia, Republic of Cabo Verde

Dominic Fritz, Mayor of Timiosara, Romania

Irakli Karkashadze, Vice-Mayor of Kutaisi, Georgia

Naina Andriantsitohaina, Mayor of Antananarivo, Madagascar

Paulo Mendes, Councilor at Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Andryi Moskalenko, Deputy Mayor of Lviv, Ukraine 


Summary and Q&A



Presenting Agenda Virtual Weeks

Daniela Marzavan

How to navigate through the Virtual Weeks - Building a Community of Practice


Closing & Goodbye

Ricarda Meissner & Daniela Marzavan


End of Opening Session