Held in Brussels’ renowned Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), a prominent and unique building directly in the heart of the city, the opening day explored the main challenges in European society in terms of growth and sustainability.
The two opening plenary sessions contrasted inspirational visions and ideal scenarios with the realities and were presented by high level political representatives: Discussions centred on how to enhance sustainability now, how to accurately respond to or reverse damaging trends and whether sustainable growth and green economy, as set out in the EU2020 Strategy, are a sufficient political response?
On day two, a number of ICLEI Members opened the doors of their Brussels-based city representation offices to allow Convention participants to interact in smaller discussions groups at various locations across Brussels.
A number of parallel sessions were held, each on a specific theme, with a view to examining the transformations needed to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive cities. As a conclusion to the day, participants of the ICLEI European Convention 2011 gathered for a social evening and a formal dinner.
Participants returned to the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) on the final morning of the conference. Audience and speakers sought a practical resolution to the question of how cities can contribute to implementing growth in sustainability based on EU 2020.
After the closing, ICLEI Members were invited to a special ICLEI Members Session.
On-site visits in Brussels Capital Region gave participants a chance to explore the practical side of conference themes through innovative neighbourhoods, nature sites, and more.
Mon 12 September
Tues 13 September
Wed 14 September
Iclei members strategic session
Site visit Brussels-Sust. City
European Energy Service Awards Ceremony