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Europe needs solutions for major environmental, economic and social challenges

9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns

30. September 2020 - 2. Oktober 2020
ICLEI Europe // Stadt Mannheim

ICLEI European Secretariat: // Conference Secretariat: Tel: +49-761 / 3 68 92-20 // Fax: +49-761 / 3 68 92-29

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About the conference

For the last 25 years, the European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns has offered cities and urban stakeholders a platform for inspiration, action and the commitment to take sustainability to the next level. The conferences call for the acceleration of bottom-up action and change, to ultimately push and accelerate the ambition of global frameworks for sustainability and climate change. Held every three years, the conference is the multi-level interface between the European Union and sustainability action at local level.

Bringing to the forefront ongoing trends, challenges and opportunities, the conference aims to shape the future beyond the status quo. Over the years the conference series has resulted in thought leading political documents that move frameworks and agendas as well as provide guidance and tools for cities driving sustainability for the benefit of their citizens. Following the ground-breaking Aalborg Charter (1994) and the Aalborg Commitments (2004), the 2016 conference led to the Basque Declaration for a socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation.

On the agenda

  • What is the change we need and what can cities do to make this happen?
  • How can a European Green Deal become a true opportunity for change?
  • What is the perspective for a sustainable economy we need?
  • How local and how global are the perspectives for a new economic model?
  • Who is responsible?
  • And who pays the bill?
  • What do our citizens want and what can they do themselves?
  • How can we step up citizen mobilisation for positive transformation?
  • How can this become the transformation that we all want?
  • How can we scale up local action to the national and European levels?
  • How do we go mainstream?
  • Who else do we need to make this happen?

Interactive, Engaging, Inspiring!

Spanning three days, the Mannheim2020 Programme will be interactive, collaborative and hands-on. The Programme will feature key plenary speakers, breakout sessions and discussions, an Innovation Marketplace, site visits, and more. Stay tuned for more information as the programme is finalised. Sign-up to the #Mannheim2020 news update and follow us on social media so that you don't miss any updates.

Innovation Marketplace

The Innovation Market allows for local government practitioners, EU projects, and policy makers to showcase their work in various presentation formats. Best practice examples related to topics such as sustainable urban development, transformations towards sustainability, social innovation, and much more will be presented. Stay tuned for a Call for Contributions.

Breakout Sessions

Several interactive breakout sessions will take place in parallel, allowing conference attendees to delve more into detail on specific topics of their choosing. These smaller sessions will enable deep exchange between varied stakeholders, and exposure to projects and examples that are currently working to build a more sustainable future.

Site Visits

Site visits will act as mobile workshops, allowing attendees to see how concepts discussed are being translated concretely in Mannheim, and inspiring further discussion and action.

Stand der Information
30. September 2020