Sant Pau Official Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the Sant Pau Art Noveau site in Barcelona took place on 24 February, 2014.  The event marked the official opening of the modernist Sant Pau complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to the city of Barcelona and to the world.

Guests at the cereSant Pau 2_250.jpg : 66.5087890625Kbmony included the President of the Government of Catalonia Mr. Artur Mas, Spanish Minister of Public Works Ms. Ana Pastor, the Mayor of Barcelona Mr. Xavier Trias, Vice‐President of the European Commission Ms. Viviane Reding, and attendees from over 300 other local and European authorities. EFI Barcelona was represented by Jussi Viitanen (EFI), Heiko Liedeker (FLEGTand REDD) and Nicolas Robert (EFIMED).

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The Sant Pau Art Nouveau complex was built between 1905 and 1930. The site, originally part of the Sant Pau hospital, was designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner as a garden city for patients. After serving a century as a public hospital, the modernist pavilions now host leading institutions in the fields of sustainability, health and education including Casa Asia, Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), United Nations University and World Health Organisation (WHO) . EFI Barcelona is located in the Sant Leopold Pavilion, housing EFIMED and the EFI FLEGT and REDD Units. 

The Sant Pau Art Nouveau site will hold an Open House for 3 weeks following the Inauguration Ceremony and members of the public will be allowed to visit the Site and some of the common spaces in the Administration pavilion.

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Photos:Robert Ramos / Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau Private Foundation

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