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Aalborg welcomes the 10th edition of the European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conference and calls for continued commitment to the European Green Deal and collective solutions to making it a reality at the local level

Date

18 Jun 2024

Sections

Climate & Environment

18 June 2024 - Freiburg, Germany

The Danish city of Aalborg and ICLEI Europe are getting ready to host the 10th edition of the European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns (ESCT), set to take place from 1 - 3 October. Local and regional governments, European and international institutions, multilateral organisations, academia, businesses and civil society will come together at Aalborg2024 to help shape a climate-neutral, resilient and just future through the implementation of Local Green Deals (LGD), and other place-based sustainable solutions, in line with European and global goals.

In Aalborg, we do not wait around for solutions, but develop them together. Therefore, it is important that we dare to take the lead and push for more green development throughout Europe. In my view, sharing experiences amongst communities is one of the most important things we can do in order to speed up the green transition, and I am very pleased that we are hosting Aalborg2024. I look forward to both sharing experiences and developing new approaches in order to promote sustainability in European cities,” shares Aalborg Mayor Lasse Frimand Jensen.

As the level of governance closest to the people, and with an estimated 70% of global CO2 emissions coming from urban areas (IPCC, 2022), local and regional governments are in a unique position to implement a democratic and sustainable transition with support from national governments and European institutions. This will be Aalborg’s third time hosting the ESCT conference, building on the legacy of previous editions and outcomes, including the most recent 2020 conference which led to the Mannheim Message. The conference will be opened by Aalborg Mayor Lasse Frimand Jensen, jointly with ICLEI Europe’s President, the Mayor of Freiburg (Germany), Martin Horn.

Mayors and city practitioners from around Europe have been invited to Aalborg, to address the integral role of local leadership in solving the interconnected climate, biodiversity, resource and social inequality crises. From onsite and offsite workshops to exhibits and deep dive sessions, the conference will provide a myriad of opportunities for attendees to contribute to the sustainable transformation of Europe’s towns and cities. Topical sessions include: Driving Climate Action through the Circular Economy; Fostering Resilience through the Transformation of Food Systems; Financing Climate Resilience; Developing a Nature Positive Economy; Changing Mobility Priorities; Bridging Digital Divides for Inclusive and Resilient Urban Environments; Shared Governance for Climate Neutral Cities; Exploring the Power of City-Business Collaboration; Joining Forces with Youth for Climate Action; and more.

Building on the discussions and the 2020 Mannheim Message, Aalborg2024 will underscore the importance of democracy in spearheading local solutions to a variety of sustainability related challenges, including three key policy shifts, outlined recently in a joint letter to the European Commission from eight leading networks of cities and regions: bottom-up shared governance, more efficient integrated finance and a more inclusive, cohesive transition.

Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI Europe Regional Director, highlighted: “Local governments have a seat at the decision-making tables. Now, it is time for local governments to walk through those open doors and take more responsibility and be equipped with the financial and political power to do so”.

To take advantage of reduced early-bird tickets to the event, visit the ESCT website and register for Aalborg2024 before 30 June.

View the programme here.
Download the conference visual image here.

About ESCT: The 10th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns (ESCT) will take place on 1-3 October in Aalborg, Denmark. All cities, partners and experts seeking to contribute to the sustainable transformation of our cities and regions are cordially invited to attend the 2024 edition of European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, which also marks the 30th Anniversary of the Aalborg Charter (1994) and the 20th Anniversary of the Aalborg Commitments (2004). To mark the occasion, as well as respond to the needs of the ongoing climate emergency, we are setting our highest bar for success yet.

About ICLEI - Local Governments for SustainabilityICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125 countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. ICLEI Europe provides members in Europe, the Middle East and West Asia with a voice on European and international stages, a platform to connect with peers, and tools to drive positive environmental, economic and social change. ICLEI Europe works closely with an extended network of local and regional governments and partners on a broad range of topics.

 

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