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

 ICLEI European  Convention 

12-14 September 2011 
Brussels, Belgium 

Wednesday 14 September 2011


Plenary 3
Conclusions and messages to the EU Institutions


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.

  • Thierry Lucas, Programme Officer, UNEP Regional Office for Europe

    Presentation [EN]

  • Sören Buttkereit, Head of External Office, Corporate Sustainability, Siemens AG, World Business Council on Sustainable Development

    Presentation [EN]

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

  • Michel Delebarre, Mayor of Dunkerque, President of the Metropolitan Council of Dunkerque, France; Chair of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion (COTER), Committee of the Regions
  • Joanna Mackowiak-Pandera, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of the Environment, Poland; Presidency of the EU

Final address

  • Evelyne Huytebroeck, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Urban Regeneration, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
  • Gino Van Begin, Regional Director, ICLEI Europe




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.


Networking Lunch


Site Visits


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)

ICLEI Brussels Office  

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.