TUESDAY 16 APRIL 2013

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17:00 Welcome Reception

The City and the Canton of Geneva hosted  the Welcome Reception at the Conference Venue, the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).  Participants had the opportunity of meeting other experts on sustainable development while enjoying authentic local food.

 

 

In the margins of the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities logo_civitas_white& Towns, the CIVITAS Initiative offered a free one-day workshop on effective solutions for green urban transport.  Practitioners and decision-makers had the unique opportunity to discover CIVITAS success stories in the fields of mobility management and promoting car independent lifestyles, and thus warm up for Geneva 2013 Conference.

 

WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL 2013

08:30 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 11:00 OPENING PLENARY

Welcome to the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns – A green and socially responsible economy: a solution in times of crisis?

Facilitator: Peter Woodward, Director, Quest Associates, United Kingdom

Welcome by:

  • Sandrine Salerno, Vice Mayor of the City of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Michel Delebarre, Former Minister of State, Senator-Mayor of Dunkerque, Former President and Member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union
  • Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Inspiration for the future: overcoming the crises through sustainable action

  • Micheline Calmy-Rey, Former President of Switzerland
  • Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, University of Columbia, USA [presentation]

AUDIO RECORDING – ORIGINAL VERSION

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 PLENARY 1: SETTING THE SCENE: TODAY’S CRISES AND FUTURE TRENDS

The first plenary will explore scenarios for the future of Europe and provide a sense of urgency regarding the environmental, social and economic status of Europe. It will explore what growth means in a European context, as well as reflect on Europe’s environmental and social challenges. Reflecting on developments on the global level, e.g. the outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio +20, will also be part of this session. The session will specifically address:

  • What does growth mean in the European context?
  • Is there a future for both sustainability and growth?
  • What influence do we still have for determining future patterns?

Facilitator: Peter Woodward, Director, Quest Associates, United Kingdom

What the crisis teaches us about sustainability

  • Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment [speech]

Speakers:

  • Alexander Likhotal, President Green Cross International
  • Brice Lalonde, UN Executive Coordinator of Rio+20 Summit
  • Ronan Dantec, Municipal Councillor, City of Nantes, European Green Capital 2013, and Senator of Loire Atlantique, Pays-de-la-Loire, France
  • Evelyne Huytebroeck, Minister for the Environment, Energy, Urban Regeneration, Brussels Capital Region, Belgium, Chair of the ICLEI European Regional Executive Committee
  • Charles Beer, President of the Republic and State of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mercedes Bresso, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union

AUDIO RECORDING – ORIGINAL VERSION

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 BREAK-OUT SESSIONS A

Participants will have the opportunity to choose one Break-out Session from a broad selection of topics, such as sustainable procurement, responsible consumption, sustainable urban mobility, climate change adaptation, Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities, Social and Solidarity Economy, and many more.

14:00 – 16:00 MAYORS SESSION (upon invitation)

This high-level political session will be the highlight of the conference for Mayors and other elected officials. It will take place in the United Nations European Headquarters at the Palais des Nations. Mayors will find out how other local governments are tackling the issue of public service financing in times of crisis. More generally, it will be an ideal networking setting among leaders involved in sustainable development initiatives.

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00 PLENARY 2: ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: BRIDGING THE GAPS

Green Economy, including social inclusiveness, will be addressed as economic prosperity should not be achieved at the expense of the environment and society. Apart from environmental elements, societal challenges will be addressed, from both the international perspective, e.g. fair trade, as well as from within city’s own geographical boundaries. Perspectives from various actors will be analysed to gain a better understanding of how gaps between environmental, economic and societal goals can be bridged. Specific questions will be:

  • What does the economic crisis mean for the environment and society on the local level?
  • What strategy should be implemented to overcome economic, environmental and societal challenges at the local level?
  • What does the Green Economy mean at the local level?

Facilitator: Florian Lennert, Director, Intelligent City Forum; Associate Director, LSE Enterprise, United Kingdom

A green growth path for Europe

  • Roland Kupers, Research Director THNK, The Netherlands and Associate Fellow University of Oxford, UK [presentation] [summary report]

Global Europe 2050 – an EU Renaissance?

  • Domenico Rossetti, Directorate-General Research and Innovation, Supervisor of the Global Europe 2050 Report [presentation]

Panellists:

  • Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki, Finland
  • Mercè Rius, Deputy President for Environment, Province of Barcelona, Spain
  • Michel Destot, Mayor of Grenoble and President of the AMGVF, France
  • Matthew Lynch, Programme Director of the Urban Infrastructure Initiative, WBCSD

AUDIO RECORDING – ORIGINAL VERSION

19:00 FONDUE

Geneva 2013 participants will have the opportunity to meet and share a fondue on the evening of Wednesday 17th April at the Mieux! sustainable living fair. This event will allow them to mingle in an informal setting to discuss the issues of the day while enjoying a traditional Swiss dish.

19:00 GALA DINNER (UPON INVITATION)

A gala dinner will take place in a luxury hotel in the international district. Local governments’ representatives, influential representatives in the field of economy and decision makers of the Geneva area will be present at this event.

THURSDAY 18 APRIL 2013


09:30 – 11:00 PLENARY 3: SUSTAINABLE FINANCING – A RESPONSE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS

This plenary will address financing options in economic challenging times. Financing mechanisms to foster a green and socially inclusive economy as well as new and cost efficient ways of investments will be discussed. Specifically, this session will focus on:

  • The role financing institutions and banks have to encourage investment into sustainable development practices?
  • Good practices and solutions for financing sustainable development

Facilitator: Remco Fischer, Expert, UNEP Finance Initiative, Co-founder of Sustainable Finance Geneva, Switzerland

The economic slowdown and challenges for local governments

  • Loris Centola, Co-head, Chief Investment Officer Wealth Management Research, UBS S.A.

New financing mechanisms in a time of crisis

  • Mario Marconi, Head Philanthropy and Values-based Investing, UBS S.A.

Smart and Sustainable Urban Investing. The EIB and Financial Instruments in 2014-2020

  • Gianni Carbonaro, Head of Municipal and Regional Unit / Advisory Services Department, European Investment Bank [presentation]

Panellists:

  • Alexandra van Huffelen, Deputy Mayor, City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Konstantinos Zervas, Deputy Mayor of Environment, Life Quality and Free Spaces, City of Thessaloniki, Greece

AUDIO RECORDING – ORIGINAL VERSION

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 BREAK-OUT SESSIONS B

Participants will have the opportunity to choose one Break-out Session from a broad selection of topics, such as sustainable procurement, responsible consumption, sustainable urban mobility, climate change adaptation, Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities, Social and Solidarity Economy, and many more.

 

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch


14:30 – 15:30 PLENARY 4: MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE FOR A GREEN AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE ECONOMY

This plenary will address governance frameworks that support cities and regions in establishing a Green and socially responsible Economy. What political structures, mechanisms and commitments are needed at local, national and European government levels to move towards a Green and socially responsible Economy? The potential role of existing European frameworks like the Covenant of Mayors and the Aalborg Commitments will be addressed. The session will also address partnerships that should accommodate the establishment of a green and socially responsible economy.

Facilitator: Angelika Poth-Mögele, Director of Policy, Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Community-Led Local Development: what is new?

  • Charlina Vitcheva, Director of Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development and Northern Europe, Directorate-General for Regional Policy, European Commission

Rethinking wealth and reinventing politics and changing scales to emerge from the crisis

  • Patrick Viveret, Essayist and philosopher, France

AUDIO RECORDING – ORIGINAL VERSION

15:45 – 18:45 WORKSHOPS ON-SITE

In addition to the rich programme offered at the main conference venue, participants will have the opportunity to join a workshop on-site and learn firsthand from different examples on local energy and environmental management infrastructures, urban mobility projects, and private sector sustainability initiatives, among many other initiatives.

19:00 GENEVA OPERA EVENING (UPON INVITATION)

This exclusive evening taking place at the Geneva Opera will be dedicated to the international community of Geneva. Together with special guests from the Swiss Confederation, the United Nations and Geneva local authorities, invited participants will have the opportunity to attend the famous opera “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini and mingle during a buffet at the intermission of the show.

20:00 EXPLORING GENEVA

FRIDAY 19 APRIL 2013

09:30 – 11:00 PLENARY 5: SOLUTIONS AND PERSPECTIVES FOR THE FUTURE

The ESCT conference addressed the theme ‘A green and socially responsible economy; a solution in times of crisis?’ The outlook plenary will provide the audience with positions of local governments from across Europe, who have taken up the challenge of tackling the crises their cities or regions have faced. These local governments are leaders in the field, either as European Green Capitals or runner-up.

Chairs:
Stefan Kuhn and Holger Robrecht, Deputy Regional Directors of ICLEI EuropeRetrofitting cities for the ecological age

  • Peter Head, Executive chair, Ecological Sequestration Trust; Chairman, Institute for Sustainability [presentation]

Creating Regenerative Cities

  • Herbert Girardet, Co-Founder, World Future Council [presentation]

Panellist:

  • George Ferguson, Mayor, City of Bristol, United Kingdom

AUDIO RECORDING – ORIGINAL VERSION

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00
OUTLOOK PLENARY

The session will shed light on the future of the Aalborg process and conclude with the launch of an internet platform to support local governments to become sustainable cities.

Chairs: Stefan Kuhn and Holger Robrecht, Deputy Regional Directors of ICLEI Europe

Rio+20 and the next steps in Europe

  • Jan Dusik, Acting Regional Director for Europe, UNEP

Cities as solution hotspots for a One Planet economy

  • Lasse Gustavsson , Executive Director, Conservation, WWF International – Earth Hour City Challenge [presentation]

A future of European Sustainable Cities

  • Mariann Nørgaard, Alderman of the Technical and Environmental Department, City of Aalborg, Denmark [presentation]

AUDIO RECORDING – ORIGINAL VERSION

13:00 – 14:30 FAREWELL LUNCH