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Special meetings

08.30-19.00       Congress registration 

09.00-17.00       Urban Nature Conference (13-14 June 2012)
                          Ecosystems’ services, food security, urban nature and
                          biodiversity – how do we make it happen?
                          Free attendance possible. 

Special Meetings

10.00-16.00        Metropolis Climate change initiative meeting (on invitation)

14.00-17.00        3rd International Urban Research Symposium opening

14.00-16.00        Sustainable Procurement in South America workshop.     

15.00-16.00        Future City Leaders inaugural meeting

16.00-18.00        New Members welcome, including Mentor Cities

Training Sessions (Registration available online)

14.00-17.00        Introductory training to ICLEI’s GHG management planning tool HEAT+.         

*Sessions will run throughout the afternoon,  inquire at the ICLEI Stand to sign-up.     


19.30-21.00 Opening ceremony

Welcome and Addresses from speakers including...

  • Marcio Araujo de Lacerda, Mayor, City of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • David Cadman, President, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, ICLEI Secretary General
  • Florence Laloë, Interim Regional Executive Secretary, ICLEI South America Secretariat
  • Silvio Barros, Rio+20 Coordinator, Frente Nacional de Prefeitos - FNP, Brazil & Mayor of Maringá, Brazil
  • Antonio Anastasia, Governor, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal, Canada
  • Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN, Gland, Switzerland
  • Alain Le Saux, Secretary General, Metropolis, Barcelona, Spain
  • Eero Vainio, Vice President, Social Democratic Party, Finland & City Councillor, City of Lahti, Finland


  • Izabella Teixeira, Minister of the Environment, Brazil
    The Brazilian government, local governments and Rio

Performance and entertainment

Milton Nascimento and local performers provide a vibrant Brazilian welcome to the participants, followed by free time.