8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns

Transformative Action: the potential for Europe

 

The 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns was hosted by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Government, Bizkaia County Council and Bilbao City Council, with the involvement of Udalsarea 21 - Basque Network of Municipalities for Sustainability, and the support of Araba County Council, Gipuzkoa County Council, Donostia/San Sebastián City Council and Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council.

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08:00 - 09:30Registration
09:30 - 10:00Opening Plenary
10:00 - 11:00Plenary 1: The governance framework of transformative actions
11:00 - 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30Plenary 2: Panel - Governance frameworks and the needs of cities
12:30 - 13:00Plenary 3: The Basque Declaration
13:00 - 14:30Lunch
13:00 - 16:00Mayors Session
Invitation only
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions will go into more detail on specific topics (they will take place in parallel)
16:00 - 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 - 18:00Subplenaries
Subplenaries will go into more detail on specific topics (they will take place in parallel)
20:30Cocktail Reception at the Guggenheim Museum
09:30 - 11:00Plenary 4: The Productive City - a concept for transformative actions
11:00 - 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30Plenary 5: Innovation Market
12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 22:00Mobile Workshops and social events in the Basque Country
(Mobile Workshops will take place in parallel)
09:30 - 11:30Plenary 6: From the EU Urban Agenda to the New Urban Agenda
11:30 - 12:00Coffee Break
12:00 - 13:00Plenary 7: Reviving the European spirit from the local level
13:00Farewell Lunch

Conference speakers

Olivier Baudelet
Team Leader, Urban Policy, DG Regional and Urban Policy

Hans Bruyninckx
Executive Director, European Environment Agency (EEA)

Yiannis Boutaris
Mayor, City of Thessaloniki, Greece

Carles Llorens Vila
Secretary General, ORU FOGAR

Dirk Vansintjan
President of the European federation of groups and cooperatives of citizens for renewable energy: REScoop

Markku Markkula
President, European Committee of the Regions

Damien Carême
Mayor, City of Grande-Synthe and Vice President, Communauté Urbaine de Dunkerque, France

Lina Liakou
Deputy Mayor, City of Thessaloniki, Greece

Juan María Aburto
Mayor, City of Bilbao, Basque Country

Célia Blauel
Deputy Mayor, City of Paris, France

Michał Olszewski
Deputy Mayor, City of Warsaw, Poland

Unai Rementeria
General Deputy, Bizkaia City Council

Janet Sanz
Deputy Mayor for Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility of the City of Barcelona and Nou Barris District Councillor

Thomas Kastrup-Larsen
Mayor, City of Aalborg, Denmark

Erion Veliaj
Mayor, City of Tirana, Albania

Daniele Violetti
Chief of Staff, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Janez Koželj
Deputy Mayor, City of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sally Kneeshaw
Consultant, strategist and facilitator

Markus Lewe
Mayor, City of Münster, Germany

Iñigo Urkullu
Lehendakari of the Basque Government

Jeb Brugmann
Urban Expert

Åsa Karlsson Björkmarker
Deputy Mayor, City of Växjö, Sweden

Arab Hoballah
Chief of Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry, UNEP

Kristiaan Borret
Chief Architect, Brussels Capital Region

Eugenio Leanza
Head of Divison, JESSICA and Investment Funds, European Investment Bank

Olivier Baudelet
Team Leader, Urban Policy, DG Regional and Urban Policy

Hans Bruyninckx
Executive Director, European Environment Agency (EEA)

Yiannis Boutaris
Mayor, City of Thessaloniki, Greece

Carles Llorens Vila
Secretary General, ORU FOGAR

About the Basque Country

The Basque Country reflects the capacity of European cities and regions to transform, having changed its focus on industry to embrace a modern service-based economy. Its newly adopted Environmental Programme for 2020 shows a firm commitment to improving the environment and aligns with current European and international strategies on job creation, enhancing standards of living and building a low-carbon economy.

With the support of Udalsarea 21 - Basque Network of Municipalities for Sustainability, the Basque Country has positioned itself among the leaders of local sustainability, given its long history of coordination and revitalization of Local Agenda 21processes in the Basque municipalities.

Bilbao, San Sebastián and Vitoria-Gasteiz are the ideal bases from which to discover the Basque Country and its transformation.

   

      

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Tel.: +49 (0) 761 – 368 92 0
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E-mail: basque2016@iclei.org
Website: www.basquecountry2016.eu

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