THE 9th EUROPEAN CONFERENCE
ON SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND TOWNS
The conference will demonstrate the urgent need for local governments to assume responsibility for urban transformation and lead the way in
guiding Europe towards a secure and sustainable future. The world is facing major environmental, economic and social challenges
that require a substantial transformation in all aspects of society. Without this transformation, global and European self-set goals like the Paris Agreement,
the Sustainable Development Goals and the Europe long term strategy on GHG emission reduction will remain unreachable.
Become part of a transformational movement.
Join over 800 participants from local and regional governments, European and international institutions,
multilateral organisations, the research community, business and civil society.
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The European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns will provide a wide range of opportunities for you to contribute,
share your experiences, show off your innovations and actively shape the discussion.
Endorse the Basque Declaration
The Basque Declaration outlines new pathways for European Cities and Towns to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a liveable and inclusive Europe.
The document aims to support and accelerate socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation. The Basque Declaration was acclaimed by the participants of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns held in the Basque Country from 27-29 April 2016.
Transformative Action Award, 2019
The Transformative Action Award is given to a city, region or civil society organisation, which implements the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the scoio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of their community.
The winner of the 2019 award will receive 10.000 Euros to help initiate further transformative actions in their city or region as well as many other rewards, such as free entry and a presentation at the 9th ESCT conference.
In 1994, the City of Aalborg together with ICLEI and a number of other local government networks took up the challenge of spreading the local sustainable development message across Europe in the period following the Rio Earth Summit.Read More
The City of Lisbon hosted the second European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, which attracted over 1,000 participants. Building on the Aalborg Charter presented at the first conference, the Lisbon Action Plan was launched in 1996.Read More
This millennial edition of the conference took place in Hannover, Germany with over 1,300 participants, 250 mayors or their representatives present, and dozens of workshops. Municipalities emphasised their right to assume a central role in the development of a rapidly urbanising Europe.Read More
Ten years after the first European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, the campaign returned to Aalborg. The main outcome of the conference was the Aalborg Commitments, a local government sustainability “toolbox” encompassing 10 shared sustainability pledges.Read More
The City of Seville hosted the fifth conference in the series, where over 1500 delegates from European local governments committed to act immediately and implement advanced policies for local sustainable development, enthusiastically promoting the Aalborg Commitments.Read More
The sixth European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns took place in 2010 in Dunkerque, France. Dunkerque 2010 explored how sustainable development can help local governments to face the current economic, social and climate challenges and how it can be further implemented in the current context of crisis.Read More
In 2013, the City of Geneva hosted the seventh conference in the series, emphasising the opportunities for strengthening local economies and communities through sustainable investments. The conference also saw the launch of the Sustainable Cities online platform.Read More
Under the title ‘Transformative action: the potential for Europe’, the eighth edition of the European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns explored the need for action by local governments to change unsustainable pathways and shape Europe’s future.Read More
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