Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future is the theme for the upcoming ICLEI World Congress of 2015 to be held in Seoul, South Korea, from on 8 to 12 April – where over 2,000 mayors, city officials and sustainability experts are expected to convene to share solutions and discuss the future of sustainable cities.
Convened by leading cities network ICLEI-Local Government for Sustainability, the World Congress offers delegates the chance to highlight their achievements, to connect with partners, and to learn from each other. It also aims to inspire Mayors and city officials to take home and implement the sustainable solutions needed for a viable urban future.
ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin says that the ICLEI World Congress of 2015: “marks our 25th anniversary as the world’s leading membership association for local sustainability. It is also a landmark occasion for local sustainability efforts in the run-up to the crucial talks in Paris in November 2015. We are delighted to welcome a range number of high-profile speakers to Seoul for what promises to be a fascinating and inspiring event.”
Speakers attending the congress include Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government – an active ICLEI member since 1995 – the congress will showcase sustainability initiatives of cities like Seoul which is itself one of the world’s leading sustainable megacities. The congress will feature plenaries, discussion sessions, interactive workshops, trainings, and 15 mobile workshops showcasing sustainability in action across Seoul City. Congress sessions will focus on topics including low- carbon development; resilience and adaptation; biodiversity; water; ecomobility; green urban economy; smart urban infrastructure, and much more.