The president of Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN), Antonio Béjar, participated this Wednesday in the opening ceremony of “Urban planning, gender and participation: new ways of thinking the city”, which took place within the context of the summer courses of the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) at Santander, organised by the UNESCO Chair of Gender in Science, Technology and Innovation of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, in cooperation with DCN.
In his inaugural address, Antonio Béjar assured that “owing to its city scale and relevance, Madrid Nuevo Norte should be understood and addressed as a State project”. DCN’s president referred to Madrid Nuevo Norte as “the project Madrid needs” and “the Spanish capital’s great opportunity to become one of the most advanced cities in the world”.
Accordingly, Béjar pointed out that Madrid Nuevo Norte will create the most modern railway station in Europe in Madrid, which will be vital to completing Spain’s high-speed rail network and increasing our international leadership in this form of transport”. Furthermore, he stated that the business district next to the future railway station “will have compelling features to attract the world’s top business organisations to Madrid“. According to the president of DCN,” Madrid’s ability to attract investment and international talent will put it in the same league as other major European capitals, in direct competition with London, Berlin or Paris”.
Regarding administrative procedures for urban development, Béjar stated that the provisional approval of Madrid Nuevo Norte, to be granted within a few days by Madrid’s City Council, will mean that “there is a consensus about this project”, making Madrid Nuevo Norte “a city project led by its institutions”. Béjar said, “It is everyone’s responsibility to continue and finish the administrative procedure, launch the action and bring it to a successful end as soon as possible.” “It is time to convert the work and effort invested over the years into a tangible reality, putting the full potential of this action at the service of the citizens,” said the Head of DCN.
Béjar also pointed out that “DCN is willing to collaborate, now as is the past, with institutions and policymakers throughout this project.” “We must spare no effort,” said the President of DCN, pointing out that “this high-profile project will make Madrid and Spain the focus of international attention”.
“Madrid Nuevo Norte allows us to demonstrate that we are an efficient country, with a nimble and capable administration and a sound legal framework to undertake successfully this highly complex technical project that requires substantial investment,” said Béjar.
Regarding the need for commitment to promoting Madrid Nuevo Norte until its completion, Béjar recalled that DCN has been readying itself to tackle this challenge, “in terms of human talent, with a first-class team, and economic and financial capacity.
The meeting on “Urban planning, gender and participation: new ways of thinking the city”, framed within the UIMP summer courses, will focus today and tomorrow on criteria, approaches and experiences, in Spain and abroad, on mainstreaming gender and citizen participation in urban planning.
Over the decades, academic research has provided keys to defining urban plans, programmes and projects to meet the daily needs of all city dwellers; in particular, those stemming from gender roles, which affect women most heavily. This academic knowledge has begun to be built into professional practices and the Administration’s plans and projects.
Madrid Nuevo Norte will be presented at this meeting as one of the best examples at the international level of how this knowledge transcends academic boundaries to be used in practice in one of Europe’s leading urban development initiatives