ICLEI European Convention 2011 - Cities in Europe 2020 - Enhance sustainability now

 ICLEI European  Convention 

12-14 September 2011 
Brussels, Belgium 


ACUF (Association des Communaut├ęs Urbaines de France)
Originally created in 1985 as the Association of Presidents of Metropolitan Councils, the ACUF is today a network for the 16 metropolitan areas of France. Its purpose is to address the experiences of metropolitan areas and to acknowledge their central role in the organisation of the territory. The association works in different field such as finances, institutional organisation, housing, communication, urban planning, public services, sustainable development strategies, etc.

AMGVF (Association des Maires de Grandes Villes de France)
This network of over 95 members has brought together the Mayors and Presidents of the largest cities and agglomerations of France (cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants). The association seeks to defend the rights of large cities and their citizens, by participating in parliamentary debates on their behalf. The Association is organized into commissions according to themes, one of which centres around Urban Sustainable Development and the Environment.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
Under the auspices of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe which is a pan-European political assembly. Its 636 members hold elective office (they may be regional or municipal councillors, mayors or presidents of regional authorities) representing over 200,000 authorities in 47 European states and its role is to promote local and regional democracy, improve local and regional governance and strengthen authorities' self-government. Particular attention is paid to application of the principles laid down in the European Charter of Local Self-Government. It encourages the devolution and regionalisation processes, as well as transfrontier co-operation between cities and regions.

Coordinamento Agende 21 Locali Italiane
The Italian Association for Local Agenda 21 consists of mainly Italian local authorities (municipalities, provinces, regions, natural parks, mountain areas, and supporters) whose main objective is to promote principles and practices of Local Agenda 21 and sustainable development and to foster the exchange of information and experiences between its 400 members. The Association seeks to promote the Local Agenda 21 process in order to achieve sustainable development through the integration of economic, social and environmental aspects in accordance with the Aalborg, Goteborg and Ferrara Charters.

The Covenant of Mayors
The Covenant of Mayors is the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy and Transport's largest and most ambitious initiative to date. It aims to connect the citizens of towns and cities across the EU, in a permanent network to tackle the problem of climate change. The Covenant is a formal commitment made by participating cities to reduce their CO2 emissions beyond the EU's 20 per cent objectives by 2020 targets, through the implementation of a sustainable energy action plan. ICLEI is a supporting structure of the CoM since 2010. A third of ICLEI members in Europe have already signed up to the Covenant of Mayors and are working on their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and CO2 emissions reduction activities.

UITP (the International Association of Public Transport)
The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) is the international organisation for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It acts as a platform for worldwide co-operation, business development and the sharing of know-how between its 3,400 members from 92 countries. UITP is the global advocate for public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector.