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17 June 2012

ICLEI World Congress 2012 ends with powerful message to Rio+20

Examples presented by cities around the world in the past four days of the ICLEI World Congress 2012 have demonstrated that over the past 20 years, the advances of local governments in implementing sustainable development policies were higher than those observed globally. So, among other reasons, such as the fact that cities are the level of government closest to the citizen and space for change and innovation, the representatives of ICLEI prove that there needs to be recognition that local governments are effective drivers for sustainable development. This is the basic premise of the Message for the Rio +20 Conference, adopted on Sunday, 17 June, at the closing of the ICLEI World Congress 2012. 

The Congress, held in Belo Horizonte 14-17 June and the first in Latin America, was considered the largest in the history of ICLEI with more than 1,200 participants. More than 1,200 representatives from 64 countries, including 79 mayors, showed in plenary sessions, workshops and the progress of municipalities in the adoption of effective measures aimed at sustainability. Innovative actions and policies have been reported, including those adopted in Belo Horizonte and several Brazilian cities, which effectively resulted in improved environmental quality and life in the cities, legitimizing the collection, the association, the greater recognition within the United Nations.  

A message from the ICLEI World Congress for the Rio +20 will be delivered by the mayor of Belo Horizonte, Marcio Lacerda, to the United Nations (UN) on Thursday, 21 June, during "Global Town Hall - Cities Leadership for the 2030 Urban World" event of the Rio+20 Global Town Hall.

 Challenges and recognition Lawmakers also pointed out the major challenges be faced as the Message for Rio +20 is the recognition that local governments are indeed governmental actors in the United Nations (UN) and should be given recognition, voice and direct access to national and international funds for development sustainable, and other considerations. 

In the document, the participants proposed that this be recognized as the century of cities and that in the next 40 years, the urban expansion of capacity will be equivalent to that occurred in the past 4,000 years, presenting unprecedented challenges and opportunities to redesign and transform urban life. "We had in Belo Horizonte the biggest event in the history of ICLEI, as the largest mobilization not only of mayors and governors, but also to the public. This is the century of cities, is the century in which, to achieve a green and inclusive urban economy, we need to understand that cities are incubators of change, innovation incubators, where the action is actually the case, the level of governance is more close to the citizen, " said the executive secretary of ICLEI South America, Florence Lalöe. 

Florence pointed out as examples of local progress Local Agenda 21 (Agenda 21, a global program for sustainable development was adopted at the Earth 92, Rio de Janeiro, and contains a chapter focused on local governments) deployed in thousands of cities worldwide, the pact in Mexico City, signed by more than 100 cities that have emission inventories of greenhouse gases and are implementing concrete measures reduction of emissions and actions in the area of biodiversity, among many others. "We have several cases already demonstrating this specific case the progress of cities. We did a major study of what happened in the last 20 years at the local level and we have much to show at Rio +20, "he said. 

"The completion of the ICLEI World Congress in the capital is a recognition of the international community dealing with issues of sustainability that Belo Horizonte has played an important role in this area. So we have the credibility to dialogue with other countries about the future of development and sustainability, " said Mayor Marcio Lacerda. Lacerda also noted that, to actually achieve the sustainable development of countries and cities social inclusion needs to be increased by taking steps to end poverty and misery.

Read ICLEI's Message to Rio+20

17 June 2012

Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul, South Korea, and new president of the World Mayors Council from October 2012

World Mayors Council endorses response for strong climate action; elects new chair

Mayors and other elected representatives of local governments from around the world came together on Sunday morning, 17 June 2012, in the Noble Hall of the Municipality of Belo Horizonte for the General Assembly of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change.

In addition to approving the ICLEI World Congress message to Rio that will be handed over to representatives of the United Nations (UN) during Rio +20, the participants dealt with other agenda items such as the election of Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul, South Korea, as the new chair of the Council. Mayor Park will assume the presidency at the next ICLEI convention in October 2012.  

The meeting was held on the last day of the 2012 ICLEI World Congress, held in Belo Horizonte from 14-17 June. The Mayor of Belo Horizonte and host of the event, Marcio Lacerda, opened the Assembly. Other Brazilian leaders including the Mayor of Sao Paulo, Gilberto Kassab and Mayor of Vitória and President of the National Front of Mayors, João Carlos Coser were also present.  

After the introduction of themes, the former Executive Secretary of the Club of Rome, Martin Lees, made a brief presentation of a report commissioned by the United Nations (UN) that will be introduced in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.  

The report took two years to develop and presents, in detail, the types of climate changes that are occurring on the planet, their consequences for human life, what are the causes and effective measures to be taken. At the end of the presentation, Oscar dos Santos, the Mayor of Maldonado, Uruguay and a representative of Mercociudades, addressed the challenges of being a leading city for the environment. Santos appealed to the international community for cities to receive more support and incentives for sustainability projects. The Mayor of Vitória supported the statement and added the difficulties of municipalities to manage all activities for preservation of the environment without the support of other spheres of government.  

After discussions, the ICLEI message to Rio was read and approved unanimously by all the authorities present. The document contains suggestions for reducing carbon emissions, requires the support of the international community for the sake of the environment and suggests the creation of a fund for investment in sustainable technologies.  

The Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan suggested a document topic on a global disarmament campaign be added. In response, Disarmament for Sustainable Development was added to the document. It is to be delivered by ICLEI Secretary General Konrad Otto-Zimmermann to the United Nations representatives in Rio de Janeiro.  

The leaders also participated in an ICLEI conference in Park City through the plenary Local Leadership in Global Governance for Sustainable Development. The Mayor of Sao Paulo, Gilberto Kassab, made a brief presentation of developed sustainable projects and future plans for the city.  

The executive secretary of the program emphasized the need to join efforts to fight poverty and climate change. Participants agreed that quick action is needed to reduce carbon emissions, improve the infrastructure of cities, remove people from hazardous areas and preserve the planet's biodiversity.  

The main members and participants of the ICLEI Congress will proceed to Rio de Janeiro on Monday, 18 June, to attend the Rio +20 Conference.

Read the Mayoral Resolution from the World Mayors Council meeting at ICLEI World Congress 2012.

16 June 2012

How can cities find a sustainable path without compromising their developmental direction?

The opening section of the conference for Saturday 16 June focused on an urban green economy.  In many ways this aspect of the conference is essential, particularly leading toward Rio+20 and addressing the issues related to sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty. 

There is a paradox in development as the need for poverty eradication cannot be under stressed but it will result in a growing middle class, who will raise their levels of consumption. Without a method to prevent ecological destruction, the addition of more consumers will only extrapolate the dire problems we face today.

Information provided by OECD did well to demonstrate the future context with larger economies, higher consumption and higher demand/stress on the natural resources.  In particular, a speaker directly identified the challenges in a developing country, relating the relationship between jobs, economic development and the ability to create and finance sustainable development initiatives. Within this context an important question rises, how can developing countries moderate the historical ‘path to development’ and find a sustainable way without compromising their developmental direction. More importantly, is there an alternative path, through a green economy that could hasten regional or national development (and I do not mean to use the word ‘development’ solely in an economic context).

Although it has been mentioned, cities will only become increasingly important as both centers of population growth and areas of high consumption. Unfortunately, in many cities there is a growing disconnect between urban/rural, civil/natural that draws lines of separation and falsely creates the isolation of cities from the environment. This is a dangerous separation that must be overcome to reconnect the people in cities with nature, to infuse and re-naturalize the environment within the city. There was only a brief discussion regarding the role of education. 

City actions represent the citizens, and the population need to understand what sustainable development and green economy are (in a specific context) to understand how change can happen and that they can be a part of it. The cities need to reach out to the populace to imbed the programs, and many cities are doing this but it takes time.  Such a movement can help to solidify the political will with community support for a more holistic approach.  Buried in the challenges ahead is the centralization of cities as a place for change, and in this light, a visible context to address the problems. If cities can act, the results will resonate. 

Near the end of the opening conference there were a few words regarding consumption, and I was rather disappointed that there was not more attention on this topic. I would like to continue this conversation as I think it to be an essential issue moving forward.  It is easy to suggest that people need to moderate their consumption but the actual strategies, for both developed and developing countries, vary considerably.

(Report by Jonathan Coulis. Jonathan is PhD candidate researching commodity production and consumption relationships in an international development context.  In addition, his work focuses on the rise of Brazilian commodity power and South-South Cooperation programs.)

16 June 2012

What problems do cities face as they move to be more biodiverse? 

Rather than explaining the simple question “why do we want bio-diverse cities” I will write from the perspective that most people understand the basic value, particularly when we are experiencing widespread and drastic lost in global biodiversity.  I do want to stress one aspect to link cities and biodiversity: cities exist in a place, in an environment with its own ecology and natural history. Each city was, and is, an ecosystem and ensuring that the biodiversity survives is essential.  Recognizing that each region is ecologically different lends reason to support local initiatives that can respond to local problems and operate within specific cultures.

Turning to the section, the panel approached the idea of city biodiversity on two different levels.  The first period focused on the international and institutional developments to address biodiversity, including the integrated efforts of various levels of local government and the changing face of the international bodies.  The collective message stressed the overall disappointing response by government bodies to address biodiversity, but that cities are investing significantly more and creating successful examples. Oliver Hillel identified the recent international investments into green energy and asked why there is no market or incentives on biodiversity.  Unfortunately, there was not much engagement regarding this very interesting question. One thought that was identified was the changing values of real estate when green or protected areas are created, altering the economic geography of the city. I would very much like to hear opinions regarding how biodiversity could engage in the market.  

The second phase focused on specific case studies of cities embracing and implementing the idea of a bio-diverse city. I won’t get into the specific discussions, there was a very interesting presentation given by the city government of Suqian, China, but overall the cases demonstrated that each successful city has implemented their program to fit the context.  However, there could have been more conversation to identify the differences in cities, particularly regarding their size, their resources, political histories, and the ecological state of their environment when trying to recover or protect biodiversity.  Unfortunately there was only a limited engagement regarding the challenges and difficulties for different cities in different situations. To explain a little more, there seem to be mega cities who have the resources to finance and sustain programs (Mexico City), emerging cities who altered their construction at an early age and cement ecological awareness into the foundation of the city (Suqian) and smaller cities, often short on resources and in terrible environmental conditions—these cities and programs face serious challenges and I hope there can be more discussion regarding differences between cities seeking to implement or maintain a program over time

(Report by Jonathan Coulis. Jonathan is PhD candidate researching commodity production and consumption relationships in an international development context.  In addition, his work focuses on the rise of Brazilian commodity power and South-South Cooperation programs.)

15 June 2012


ICLEI presents 8 agendas for rapid and radical action

ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities, 450 large cities and urban regions as well as 650 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 80 countries.

The pace of global environmental change, the trends of degradation within global ecosystem services and the overshoot of the human footprint on Earth require an acceleration of local efforts. Experts confirm what all of us feel: We must act more rapidly and pursue more radical solutions ICLEI is set to support its Member cities and local governments in working towards sustainability.

ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy. The ultimate aim is to achieve healthy and happy communities. 

We have developed stable, long-term programs to support local-level sustainability and continue to develop innovative new programs to respond to issues of international concern. ICLEI’s work pursues 8 agendas designed to support Member cities and local governments in their efforts towards sustainability.

Resource Efficient Cities

Resource-efficient cities will gain competitive advantage in an era of shrinking global resources coupled with global and urban population growth. However, efficiency gains through urban density are thwarted by billions of people adopting resource-consumptive urban lifestyles. Cities, if wanting to be future-proof, need to go beyond minimizing the use of natural resources and become productive systems.

ICLEI offers:

  • Programs such as Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM), Green Growth   Cities and networks such as Food Smart Cities
  • Capacity building as well as systems – esp. ecoBudget® – and tools for managing local natural resources such as land and soil, water, fauna & flora and biodiversity, food, nutrients, minerals, materials, energy
  • ICLEI triennial World Congress and regional conventions

Sustainable City

How cities perform will impact not just the living conditions of the over six billion people who will be living in cities in the year 2050, but also the condition of ecosystems and economy globally. More and more cities are accelerating efforts to becoming a true “eco-city, “green city” or “sustainable city”.

ICLEI offers:

  • Leadership in the Local Agenda 21 movement for participatory governance
  • Networks such as the global Eco-cities Network
  • Capacity building
  • Systems and tools for sustainability management, e.g. ecoBudget®
  • Advocacy on behalf of local governments
  • ICLEI triennial World Congress and regional conventions

Green Urban Economy

The way we produce, distribute, purchase, use and consume determines the stability of ecosystems and sustainability of human civilization on Earth. Green, inclusive urban economies based on cradle-to- cradle material cycles and an appreciation of human labor over energy-intensive technology will make a difference. Sustainable procurement will drive the market green, create green jobs, and support future-oriented industries.

ICLEI offers:

  • A Green Urban Economy strategy
  • Local Action for Employment processes, engaging stakeholders in the development of job creation and green job strategies
  • Sustainable Procurement program through ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Center, regional secretariats and country offices
  • EcoProcura© Conferences for exchange and learning
  • ICLEI guidance and technical advice on hosting green events
  • ICLEI triennial World Congress and regional conventions

Smart Urban Infrastructure

A city’s eco-efficient, resilient and low-carbon development requires smart urban infrastructure which, in turn depends on smart systems design. Cities must look beyond single technologies and at the variety of urban infrastructures, identifying possible efficiency gains through linkages between different infrastructures, new operational and business models, as well as financing models.

ICLEI offers:

  • ICLEI’s Local Renewables Center, regional secretariats and country offices inform Members about regionally specific Local Renewables programs
  • Annual, international Local Renewables conference in Freiburg
  • In partnership with the Green Building Councils and UNEP, ICLEI offers cities technical advice on green buildings and sustainable construction
  • An annual Resilient Building & Construction Forum in Bonn, Germany
  • Join the EcoMobility Alliance
  • Biennial EcoMobility world congress
  • Annual resilient Urban Logistics Forum in Bonn, Germany

Resilient City

Sustainable cities must be low-risk and resilient cities: resilient to disaster, climate change, economic shocks and any unforeseen events. Resilience building involves reducing exposure to risk and vulnerability while increasing resistance and robustness and ensuring emergency preparedness.

ICLEI offers:

  • A range of Resilient Cities/Communities or climate adaptation programs tailored to regional conditions
  • The annual Resilient Cities global forum on urban resilience and adaptation in Bonn
  • Cities are invited to sign the Durban Adaptation Charter expressing their commitment to climate change adaptation action
  • The Mayors Adaptation Forum in Bonn convened by the World Mayors Council
  • Cities may also join the “Making cities resilient: My city is getting ready” campaign of UN-ISDR with ICLEI and other partners

Low Carbon City

Low-carbon, low-emission or even carbon-neutral cities, are the signposts to sustainability. Cities account for 70-80% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Therefore, an effective international climate agreement must include a focus on urban greenhouse gas reduction. Cities and local governments, however, must not wait for an international agreement to be reached but should act ambitiously and rapidly.

ICLEI offers:

  • Global Cities Covenant on Climate (Mexico City Pact)
  • Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn®) operates the carbonn Cities Climate Registry
  • GreenClimateCities program guides cities through a process of analysis, target-setting, programming, identifying finance, implementation, monitoring and reporting
  • HEAT+ online tool is available for cities to account for their greenhouse gas emissions
  • ICLEI actively advocates local climate action, local governments as partners in global climate governance, bottom-up finance mechanisms and local government access to climate finance

Biodiverse City

Ecosystem-based local planning and management is an increasingly essential component of the future sustainable city. The manifold benefits derived from ecosystem-based goods and services underpin most local economies and provide cost-effective and sustainable essential services and green jobs to municipalities and their communities. ICLEI Members define the cutting edge of ecosystem-based planning and management and become biodiverse cities.

ICLEI offers:

  • Cities Biodiversity Center, regional secretariats and country offices enables cities, local and sub-national governments worldwide to commit to biodiversity action
  • Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) Pioneer Project, a partnership initiative with IUCN and others, that is the entry level of choice for cities to join over 50 leading cities and local governments on all continents
  • URBIS Network and the various BiodiverCities projects run at country and regional

Healthy and Happy Communities

Ultimately cities strive to ensure that their local community enjoys health and happiness and good quality of life. Whether on a modest or more affluent economic footing, local governments must promote community vitality, health, peace, safety, education, culture, and good governance. Local governments can take advantage of 20 years of ICLEI leadership and experience in promoting participatory governance and sustainable development planning for healthy and happy communities.

ICLEI offers:

  • ICLEI offers opportunities for Members to develop a local “happiness index” on the route “beyond GDP”
  • Members concerned about public health and safety may seek guidance through ICLEI’s support Safe & Healthy Communities program
  • The Local Agenda for Peace and Security gives support to members in crisis-stricken regions or those with a community suffering from violence who incorporate a just and peaceful community in their sustainable development plans

15 June 2012

From Rio+20 to Rio+30: what actions are needed to reverse global environmental degradation?

The second day of the congress opened with a procession, composed of 1,200 students from schools in the city of Belo Horizonte who welcomed the delegates with the vibrant sound of drums, percussion, and positive messages.

Afterwards, the plenary from Rio to Rio, involving several youth speakers and international experts, highlighted the need to act rapidly to combat environmental conflicts facing the planet. The idea is that these solutions are implemented by the year 2030.

ICLEI Founder Jeb Brugmann, Secretary General Konrad Otto-Zimmermann and Deputy Secretary General Gino Van Begin, were among those present at the session along with the chairman of ICLEI Brazil, Pedro Roberto Jacobi, and Belo Horizonte Mayor Marcio Lacerda.

he experts drew attention to the decisions that need to be taken and applied today. The debate gained even more strength when Martin Lees, Former Secretary General of the Club of Rome and Gino Van Begin explained the environmental situation of the planet with data and statistics from 20 years ago.

Despite some positive aspects in areas such as soil degradation, water resources management and reduction of greenhouse gases in some regions, Van Begin is convinced that there is still a long way to go. "When it comes to environmental issues in global reality is still serious. But with the participation and creativity of all we can find one or more ways, "he said.


One of the members of the table discussions, Simone Ariane Pflaum, a member of the City of Freiburg in Germany, spoke about everyone's responsibility to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. The councilor said that one can go further when there is a collaboration. "Right now we are here to propose challenges, but also to share our dreams, on which world we want and how we can make it real," she announced.

According to Pedro Roberto Jacobi all issues raised in the session, such as responsible and sustainable policies need to mobilize and engage all actors.

"We live in an extremely important moment of decision making for future generations. And it's not today that we live with troubling news about the environment. Therefore, the ideas developed here lead us to consider ways to reverse this degradation, "said the president of ICLEI. "This is an ideal time to multiply the experiences successful and sustainable, above all, strengthen the perception that we are only a planet," he added.

15 June 2012


What is the role of cities in sustainable development?


The opening ceremony of the ICLEI world congress swept across many of the core issues facing “development” and our global community today.  In a broad sense, the global community has arrived at a crucial juncture.  Recent events in the world have reshaped the context and conversation about sustainable development just as Rio+20 is scheduled to occur. 

The global community is experiencing a series of far reaching and seemingly repetitious crisis, from extreme weather, rapid ecological degradation, long sustained international conflict, extensive relocation of populations, economic stagnation or recession, revival of civil society activity throughout the world and a growing popular perspective that the current direction cannot continue and our society must change.  

The opening ceremony highlighted a number of important themes that will be revisited in the next few days.  Principal among these is the focus on sustainable development in the local, city based context.  In a broad manner the speakers identified troubling differences between local sustainability and global sustainability.

It is important to recognize that ICLEI has been able to link a vast number of cities, and push through a consistent perspective that focuses on realistic goals contributing sustainable development.  The most striking aspect of the opening ceremony was the scope of the international network among cities, stressing that despite the often recognized challenges at the national level the cities can respond and facilitate much needed change through often diverse and innovative approaches. 

When considering this web of local actors this approach is refreshingly practical.  Any discussion of environment and sustainable development must take place in a local context, and it must engage local actors/communities to be implemented.  A focus on the local allows for a specific response that to each context, and one that can address the diverse needs of a city or region, build partnerships in the area and ensure ownership over the results, regardless of the result.

I do not intend to restate the messages of the speakers but it is essential to expand on a theme that was forcefully articulated by keynote speaker Martin Lees.  Deservedly, this conference seems to highlight the examples of successful local sustainability, but Lees tempered this perspective by stressing the dangers that the world faces, and the gross failures of most nations to reach modest goals in transforming their economy, consumption, or perspectives, despite his candid call for “deeper considerations.” 

When faced with the facts regarding climate change, pollution, environmental degradation and the immense scale of the challenge, it becomes abundantly clear that society and cities in particular must drastically commit to reforming toward a sustainable model of existence.   I think initiatives at the city level are an affective inroad to alter the landscape, I only hope that the ambitions from the conference can be supported with a new willingness, through all levels of governance, to face the problems with a sincere effort rather than a lip-service and green wash.

Report by Jonathan Coulis. Jonathan is PhD candidate researching commodity production and consumption relationships in an international development context.  In addition, my work focuses on the rise of Brazilian commodity power and South-South Cooperation programs. 



14 June 2014

Urban Nature Forum official message to the ICLEI World Congress 2012

Over the past two days the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center in partnership and with thanks to the City of Belo Horizonte, SEBRAE and the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has hosted the third Urban Nature Forum here in Belo Horizonte. This has provided a unique science-policy-implementation interface for stimulating discussion, and importantly, leading to positive action on urban biodiversity and ecosystem management. The message from this forum is that:

As more and more of us move into cities we may feel increasingly disconnected from nature. However, biodiversity still underpins our wellbeing, security, and resilience as much as ever: the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the medicine we take, the natural beauty that inspires us, our very existence. 

However, our ecological bank account is being pillaged. We are witnessing the largest extinction event since that which ended the reign of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Unsustainable urbanization is undoubtedly part of the problem. Yet, cities offer enormous hope: social organization, resource mobilization, communication, education, efficiency gains, innovation and leadership. 

Tools and techniques are available. Many cities are taking action, but we need more, we need to upscale, to implement, to promote learning exchanges, to foster partnerships, to think out the box and ultimately take on the challenge and take responsibility. This is why, today, a broad spectrum of partners convened during the Urban Nature Forum to launch a new global initiative called URBIS which will serve to transcend the science-policy interface. 

The Urban Nature Forum sends a challenge to the World Congress to mainstream and integrate biodiversity into addressing and achieving the ICLEI agendas and thus contributing to implementation of the strategic plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The imperative has never been clearer; the impetus has never been stronger. Let’s all take responsibility. 

14 June 2012

Izabella Teixeira, Brazil's Minister of Environment
Florence Laloe, Acting Regional Executive Director of ICLEI South America
More than 1400 participants are attending ICLEI World Congress 2012

ICLEI World Congress opens today!


More than 1400 participants from 45 countries, half of whom are representing local governments are attending ICLEI's biggest World Congress.

Izabella Teixeira, Brazil's Minister of Environment commented that witnessing local governments take part at the congress is a testament of how they are more than ready to take a bigger role in sustainable development.  

"Some 20 years ago, cities were not even present in international or national negotiations, but now you see them telling nations to listen as they show how local action can help transform the world".

Cities will not, and does not wait until national governments act towards sustainability. As the congress unfolds in the next three days, cities will present their stories and experiences in dealing with pressing issues such as unsustainable patterns of consumption, loss of biodiversity, rising sea levels and extreme weather events, drought, lack of access to water and food, and the list goes on.

To further guide cities in reaching their sustainability goals, ICLEI will be presenting its 8 agendas - Biodiverse Cities, Resource-efficient Cities, Low-carbon Cities, Sustainable Cities, Resilient Cities, Green Urban Economy, Smart Urban Infrastructure, and Healthy and Happy Communities.

Closely linked to Rio+20, cities will be sending a strong signal to Rio+20 through a mayoral statement to be delivered in Rio. 

Read Belo Horizonte's newsletter (in Portuguese) for more highlights!


15 May 2012

Wanted: Social Reporters!

We want you! Whether you'll be at the congress or not, here's your chance to share your talents, contribute to the stirring discussions, and make top ideas about sustainable cities travel far and wide. 

Become a social reporter at the congress!

Our social reporting team will consist of volunteers, participants, congress partners or organizers or just about anyone able and willing. Our goal is to spread the congress' messages through our social media networks, and to actively interact and engage with participants on-site and off-site.

You need not be social media savvy to be a volunteer.  The 'oldies' in the group will teach and train 'newbies' on the different social media tools. We will also meet at the venue or online to discuss about the do's and don'ts in reporting and some tips to rock the social reporting scene!

Interested to volunteer? This is an excellent learning opportunity, and a way to share experiences with like-minded people. You could also spend as much and as little time as you wish, so no pressure at all! 

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