The Art Nouveau buildings are now modern and functional workspaces where high-social-impact organizations champion a diverse array of projects in the spheres of sustainability, health, education, culture and innovation. These institutions manage their own programs while also establishing collaborative agreements to carry out projects and activities that strive to respond to some of the greatest challenges facing society.



01. Banco Farmacéutico

An NGO created in 2005, Banco Farmacéutico (Pharmaceutical Bank) works to promote social inclusion by offering a response to pharmaceutical poverty, or a person's inability to cover the expense of medicine or healthcare products. Three strategic pillars define the work programme: research on the economic and social consequences of pharmaceutical poverty, communication aiming to increase visibility of the problem, and support for individuals who currently lack the necessary economic resources to purchase medicine.

02. Barcelona Health Hub

The Barcelona Health Hub is an association that works to strengthen innovation in digital health and promote knowledge transfer in this sector by connecting start-ups, healthcare organizations, companies and investors. The Barcelona Health Hub seeks the support of the industry’s key players, in order to connect start-ups with large pharmaceutical companies, insurers and other organizations working to develop new technologies in the field of health. Ultimately, the goal is to connect entrepreneurs and large companies in order to transfer cutting-edge innovation for healthcare.

03. EFI

The European Forest Institute (EFI) conducts research and provides policy support on issues related to forests, stimulating networking and disseminating unbiased and policy-relevant information. The Barcelona office is home to its Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED), the Genetic Resources Facility (EFIGEN) and the International Partnerships Facility, a global centre of knowledge and expertise that supports policy and governance reforms to safeguard the world's forests.

04. EMEA

The Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association is an independent forum that provides forward-looking thinking and political and socio-economic integrated analyses on the Euro-Mediterranean region, working in collaboration with univrsities, think tanks, financial institutions, the European Union, and the Union for the Mediterranean.


Non-governmental alliance representing over 800 rare disease patient organizations in 70 countries. EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe’s mission is to work across borders and diseases to improve the lives of people living with a rare disease.

06. Fundació Lluís Domènech i Montaner

Foundation set up in 2006 for the purpose of reinstating, studying and disseminating the figure and the work of one of the most decisive and emblematic figures in the second half of the nineteenth century and first quarter of the twentieth century, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect who designed the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site.

07. MedWaves

Specialized in sustainable consuption and production strategies, MedWaves provides support to the member countries of the Barcelona Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea. The Centre offers focused expertise in relation to the circular economy, marine litter and plastic pollution, toxic chemicals and the blue economy. Support services include capacity building, technical assistance and advisory services. The goal is to translate the knowledge into real programmes on the ground.


UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future and its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements. The UN-Habitat office in Sant Pau is working on key urban issues such as resilience through the Urban Resilience Hub. This programme promotes resilience in urban areas through technical cooperation, advocacy and knowledge sharing. The Programme developed UN-Habitat's most robust tool for resilience building, and convenes Barcelona Resilience Week, among many other projects.

09. WHO

The WHO Barcelona Office is a centre of excellence in health financing for universal health coverage (UHC). It works with Member States across WHO’s European Region to promote evidence-informed policy making. Financial protection is a core dimension of health system performance and an indicator for the Sustainable Development Goals. The Office supports countries to develop policy, monitor progress and design reforms through a combination of diagnosis, analysis of policy options, high level policy dialogue and the sharing of international experience. It is also the home for the WHO training courses on health financing and health systems strengthening for better health outcomes.