Wednesday 14 September 2011
The day began with a global outlook in light of the UN Rio + 20 Conference in 2012. There was a brief review of European local sustainability achievements thus far and the key steps needed to continue to move forward in line with international standards were identified. A representative from the business community then explored how Europe could retain its competitive standing and progress sustainably through dialogue between companies and local and international policy makers.
Based on their discussions during the previous two days, the ICLEI “conference ambassadors” took to the stage to give their recommendations.
Evelyne Huytebroeck, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Urban Regeneration, Brussels-Capital Region handed over the ICLEI European Convention Declaration to the European Institutions present. The Declaration makes it clear once more that European cities and towns are fundamental to progressive governance at a regional, national and European level.
Per Bødker Andersen, ICLEI Executive Committee; Deputy Mayor, Kolding, Denmark; Member of the Committee of the Regions; Jyrki Myllyvirta, ICLEI Executive Committee; Mayor, Lahti, Finland; Pekka Sauri, Procura+ Chair, Deputy Mayor, Helsinki, Finland
ICLEI Members Strategic Session
Site Visit “Brussels - sustainable city"
David Cadman, President, ICLEI Executive Committee; Councillor, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Gino Van Begin, Regional Director, ICLEI Europe
This session provided a platform for ICLEI members to discuss and to provide input for shaping ICLEI’s longer-term strategy, based on their needs and ICLEI’s thematic programmes, campaigns and activities.
Non-ICLEI members got the chance to discover this unique exhibition in the Saints Michel et Gudule Park. A 25-metre-high tower gave them a view of Brussels, allowing them to admire how the city is planning to become a European model of sustainable development, improving the quality of life of its people and reducing its impact on the environment in the process.
On-site visits in Brussels Capital Region gave participants a chance to explore the practical side of conference themes. Through the study visits of innovative neighbourhoods, nature sites and more, participants discovered local initiatives which reflect practical examples of Brussels’ innovation in sustainability.
agenda+ seminar (on invitation only)
agenda+ The Local Sustainability Leaders Network brings together local governments across Europe that have advanced experience in local sustainability policies and processes.
Your city may have gone through a Local Agenda 21 process, established a sustainability management system, implemented many innovative projects – now what’s next? agenda+ inspires its participants to further develop and refine their activities, facilitating the exchange of ideas and experiences, offering critical insights and encouraging innovation and creativity.
The 2011 agenda+ seminar focused on promoting sustainable lifestyles, with an introduction from Derk Loorbach, Director of the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) and practice-based input by agenda+ cities.
The meeting continued on September 15 (9:00-13:00) at the same venue.
For more information about the network, visit http://agendaplus.iclei-europe.or.