The 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns will center around ‘Governance and finance for sustainable development’. Building upon the conclusions of the previous European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns in Dunkerque 2010 and the outcomes of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Geneva 2013 will seek to bridge the gaps between environmental, economic and social goals and connect governments, civil society and business through policy and action.
Leading experts such as Saskia Sassen, a top global thinker renowned for her analysis of cities and globalisation, Brice Lalonde, UN Executive Coordinator of the Rio +20 Summit and Roland Kupers, Research Director THNK, the Netherlands and Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford, UK will give their views on the role of local governments in providing sustainable answers to the pressing issues facing Europe. All levels of governments will be present, and will outline their experience in finding sustainable solutions. Representatives include, amongst others, Minister Cecile Duflot, Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing, France, several Directorate-Generals from the European Commission, Barcelona Provincial Council, and mayors and deputy mayors from sustainably advanced cities like Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Nantes (France), Helsinki (Finland), Grenoble (France) and Thessaloniki (Greece).
The conference will offer plenty of learning and networking opportunities as well as the chance to mingle with those at the forefront of sustainable thought, practice, policy and implementation. More than 1,000 local government leaders from all over Europe, as well as representatives from institutions and NGOs will convene in Geneva. The diverse countries, cultures and communities represented will be a great asset as participants draw upon their collective experience, creativity and commitment to create livable, just and sustainable cities and towns.
Workshops on-site will offer participants the chance to explore a wide variety of sites in the Geneva area, and provide cutting-edge examples of citizen involvement and local partnerships.
Local leaders will also have the opportunity to attend the Mayors Session on Wednesday 17 April to discuss how public services can be delivered during a time of economic uncertainty.
Those who register before 22 March 2013 will enjoy the early bird registration fee, and ensure their place at the biggest European conference on sustainable development. Find out more and register through our online registration form.
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