13.30 – 14.30
This May we are joining hundreds of cities at the URBAN FUTURE global conference, Europe’s largest event for sustainable cities. It’s the place to meet the most passionate and inspiring CityChangers from all over the world.
Cities are key to a sustainable future of our planet. Massive changes are necessary to fight climate change and social inequalities. So far, much is talked about technological solutions but at Urban Future, they believe that what is most important for solving the urban challenges are the people driving positive change. The CityChangers – decision makers who actively, passionately and effectively make cities more sustainable.
Just ahead of COP24, the European Commission published a new 2050 strategy for reducing its GHG emissions, which will contribute to achieving the Paris Agreement. In the big shift to decarbonise our economy by 2050, cities are increasingly acknowledged as laboratories for transformative and sustainable solutions, which encompass technology and are anchored into participatory governance processes.
Many European cities have been designing their 2050 roadmaps to become more resilient, bring their emissions close to zero, involving all sectors and citizens. Long-term planning requires bold commitments, broad support, and forward-looking action.
On Wednesday 22 May during the CityChangers opening ceremony (09.00-10.30 in Folketeateret F1), we will bring together political representatives from some of the most ambitious and innovative cities that are committing to the Covenant of Mayors 2030 targets to reduce their emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and support the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Interesting in joining us? We invite you to sign the symbolic commitment to the 2030 targets and join those cities already confirmed including Rzeszów, Děčín, Warsaw, Rimini and Reggio Calabria. You will have the opportunity to join us on stage for a family picture to really highlight the ambition of cities in tackling climate change. For more information, please contact Heather Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us again in the afternoon (Wednesday 22 May), for an interactive session (entitled ‘Covenant cities leading long-term strategies’) where we will showcase the strategies for decarbonisation and resilience from some of the most ambitious cities including Leuven, Turku and Stavanger. We will focus on key factors to sustain long term and ambitious strategies inspiring other cities to be bold in their climate strategies. Our interactive panel debate will explore the ability to create a dynamic of change and maintain it beyond political mandates, innovative ways of engaging citizens and working across different sectors and departments. Looking for inspiration for your city’s climate strategy? Join us in The Hub (Hub 5)
Want to learn more about the Covenant of Mayors? Our initiatives? Sign- up to us,
perhaps?! Come and talk to us at our stand in the Green Business Village.