ICLEI's mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability through cumulative local actions. The association runs campaigns and projects, provides technical consulting and organises activities for local government to share their knowledge and advance towards local sustainability. Over 1100 local governments and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI's growing membership, from which 200 are in Europe.
Brussels-Capital Region is the largest urban area in Belgium, which comprises 19 municipalities. Situated at the crossroad of Europe, it is the political and administrative centre of the Belgian Federal Government and of the European institutions. The Brussels-Capital Region has been adopting environmental initiatives and hosting environmental events. During the conference, it will be possible to enjoy the exhibition Brussels, Sustainable City.
The Metropolitan Council of Dunkerque is a French intercommunal structure which includes 18 municipalities in the Nord department and the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais. It is an industrial and seaport conurbation which has chosen to develop its industrial character in harmony with the people and their environment. Sustainable development is thus the common thread in policy documents relating to local development including the 2000-2015 Strategic Plan for the Conurbation. As a result, sustainable development is applied to all public policies (health, transport, education, culture, water, energy, waste, economic development, town planning, etc.).
The Hanseatic City of Hamburg is a trade and service metropolis that has managed to combine both economic success and environmental protection.
During 2011, in an effort to communicate Hamburg’s ideas throughout Europe, the city offers the opportunity to discover, explore and experience its broad range of environmental projects. Hamburg will be present at the ICLEI European Convention 2011 as a Green Capital on wheels – the Train of Ideas will travel throughout Europe stopping also in Brussels, disseminating experiences and best practices in new ways.