ICLEI: How will local governments connect at ICLEI World Congress 2018

ICLEI: How will local governments connect at ICLEI World Congress 2018

Held every three years, the ICLEI World Congress assembles hundreds of local, regional and national governments, international agencies, representatives of the private sector, academics and researchers, community groups and other partners from around the world to steer the global sustainable development agenda by strengthening action taken in urban areas worldwide.

In our increasingly urban world, cities and their surrounding regions have a growing influence on global patterns of production, consumption, innovation and technological development. At the same time, they are experiencing rapid change, brought about by urbanization, climate change, shifting demographics and growing inequities that will continue to impact the urban environment. What happens now in and around urban areas will define the course of global sustainable development this century. Collective action on the most pressing urban issues of our time is critical.

At the four-day ICLEI World Congress 2018, hosted by the Ville of Montréal, more than 50 sessions and workshops will be offered, allowing participants to learn more about how urban sustainability is an integral component of the global sustainable development agenda. Together, participants will examine key issues and solutions - from the circular economy to nature-based solutions and systemic resilience - set to play a key role in the development of our cities and regions. They will look at how to strengthen collective action on sustainability, in a way that has local, national and global impacts.

The event will also offer a range of networking opportunities. Participants will share their experiences, stories and good practices on urban sustainability. Together, participants will shape solutions and forge new partnerships that advance sustainable urban development.

From the founding World Congress in New York City, USA in 1990, the ICLEI World Congress has always taken a deep and critical look at the most relevant and pressing issues in urban sustainability. The ICLEI World Congress is the core event organized by ICLEI. Each event is a chance for the network and our partners to come together and outline the future of sustainability in urban areas worldwide.

Learn more about the feature themes and register for the ICLEI World Congress 2018 here.

Article by: ICLEI Global Communications Team
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