DATE: 30.09.2020 – 02.09.2020
ORGANIZER: ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
For the last 25 years, the European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns has offered cities and urban stakeholders, as well as regions a platform for inspiration, action and the commitment to take sustainability to the next level. The conferences call for the acceleration of bottom-up action and change, to ultimately push and accelerate the ambition of global frameworks for sustainability and climate change. Held every three years, the conference is the multi-level interface between the European Union and sustainability action at local level.
Bringing to the forefront ongoing trends, challenges and opportunities, the conference aims to shape the future beyond the status quo. Over the years the conference series has resulted in thought leading political documents that move frameworks and agendas as well as provide guidance and tools for cities driving sustainability for the benefit of their citizens. Following the ground-breaking Aalborg Charter (1994) and the Aalborg Commitments (2004), the 2016 conference led to the Basque Declaration calling for a socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation in Europe. The conference series also closely aligns with other relevant processes for integrated urban planning and development, particularly the Leipzig Charter and, since 2015, the Urban Agenda based on the Pact of Amsterdam.