The EUROCITIES annual conference on ‘Living cities – sustainable growth and quality of life’ takes place on 4-6 November in Copenhagen and Malmo.
EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo, our annual conference, begins with the EUROCITIES awards ceremony tomorrow evening in Malmo. We will be announcing three winning projects from EUROCITIES member cities that tie in with the conference theme of sustainable growth and quality of life. To find out more about the shortlisted projects, click here.
The main conference begins the following day, with opening speeches by Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, mayor of Malmo; Frank Jensen, mayor of Copenhagen; Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes and EUROCITIES president; and Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general.
Philipp Rode, executive director of LSE Cities, will deliver the keynote speech. He will refer to his work on comparative urban governance and green economy strategies in cities to give an address on the conference theme of sustainable growth and quality of life.
A series of thematic roundtable discussions will take place during the afternoon, focusing on key areas of our work: air quality, employment, securing investment and local economic development, and urban mobility. These discussions will comprise panel discussions featuring politicians and experts, and will engage the audience in debates on important issues for cities.
Participants also have plenty of networking opportunities to look forward to, including our traditional speednetworking sessions, where cities can present exciting projects and inspirational initiatives.
For politicians, there will be two closed discussions. These will focus on climate, ahead of the COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris this December; and on refugees, given the urgent situation in many of our member cities.
The conference will be an important opportunity to discuss how cities can balance economic growth with quality of life and sustainable urban development. We expect around 350 participants to join us in Copenhagen and Malmo for a conference which forms an important milestone in the work that our forums, working groups, politicians and officers deliver. The conference will also be a key step in our ongoing work towards an EU urban agenda, which should empower cities to drive smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for Europe.
If you are unable to join us in Copenhagen and Malmo, follow the discussions on Twitter via #eurocities2015 and check back on our website for the latest developments.
More information about the conference: www.eurocities2015.eu.