European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns.

Welcome to the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns! The City of Geneva, its local partners, as well as the European Sustainable Cities & Towns Conference Preparatory Committee, have the pleasure of inviting you to the biggest European conference on sustainable development since the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. With more than half of the global population living in urban areas, it has been extensively demonstrated that cities and urbanization play a key role in achieving sustainability targets. Cites provide an ideal opportunity to directly gauge the urgent needs of communities and are therefore essential when delivering sustainability.

The conference venue, the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), will host local and national governments, UN and European Institutions, business, science institutes and research and development organisations from all over Europe.

Green Economy, in all its dimensions, will be addressed by multiple experts to gain a better understanding of how gaps between environmental, economic and social goals can be bridged.

Micheline Calmy-Rey, Former President of Switzerland

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment (tbc)

Brice Lalonde, Coordinator of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20

Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, USA

Alexandra van Huffelen, Deputy Mayor, City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ronan Dantec, Municipal Councillor, City of Nantes, European Green Capital 2013, and Senator of Loire Atlantique, Pays-de-la-Loire, France

Conference site: http://www.sustainablegeneva2013.org/category/conference-programme/?lang=en