6. Event News
Last chance to register for the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns
Spaces are limited - register now to save your place at the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns! Those who register in the coming days can still benefit from the delegation discounts. There is only one week left to decide to attend the renowned European conference on sustainable cities and towns and join 1,000 participants, including politicians and practitioners from local and regional governments, representatives of European and international institution, business leaders, members of the research community and civil society from 27-29 April 2016 in the Basque Country.
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CIVITAS training on urban freight to be held ahead of ESCT Conference
The CIVITAS Initiative is organising a free training on urban freight and logistics at the 8th European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conference, which will be held in the Basque Country from 27 - 29 April 2016. The training will take place on 26 April, the day before the start of the conference.
Professionals involved in the development and implementation of urban freight policies are the target audience for the training. Through interactive exercises, participants will get an insight into sustainable distribution schemes and techniques, and are encouraged to come to the training with examples or challenges from their own contexts. An expert contribution will be provided by a representative from ICLEI member Copenhagen (Denmark).
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Interactive session to outline key climate initiatives for local governments
The event ‘Local climate action raises global ambition’, organised by ICLEI Europe in collaboration with the Compact of Mayors, will take place on 26 April 2016 in Bilbao, Basque Country. Many cities, towns and regions are in the process of implementing plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are taking steps to adapt to climate change. The local level has been crucial in raising ambition globally, and has played a leading role in driving the transition to greater sustainability.
There are two key initiatives that help local governments make firm commitments and report on their progress, namely the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors. This session will outline the two initiatives and will explain the benefits they offer local governments. Registration is available online.
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Registration opens for Metropolitan Solutions 2016
ICLEI is inviting all local and subnational governments to attend Metropolitan Solutions 2016, the premier meeting point for cities and businesses to advance cooperation on sustainability. Taking place in Berlin (Germany) from 31 May – 2 June 2016, Metropolitan Solutions features over 30 conferences and workshops, with 200 exhibitors and over 5,000 visitors. Registration for the event is now open.
Metropolitan Solutions comprises international conferences, an exhibition area and a matchmaking platform. The event focuses on key themes for sustainable urban development, including buildings & public space, energy, mobility & logistics, and water & waste water solutions. The matchmaking sessions will enable participants to explore new collaboration opportunities in the realm of sustainable urban development in a structured format.
Metropolitan Solutions 2016 constitutes a unique opportunity for local and subnational governments to foster partnerships with the private sector. As local governments have recognised for many years, strong partnerships with all stakeholders will be required to make sustainable cities a reality. Businesses offer expertise, skills, and tools that can help cities to greatly accelerate the implementation and impact of their sustainability initiatives.
For more information, visit metropolitansolutions.iclei.org.
STTC Conference to explore benefits of procuring sustainable tropical timber
Purchasing tropical timber from sustainable sources can help to preserve some of the world's most important forests, creating a sound financial basis for sustainable forest management. The 2016 European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) Conference, which takes place in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) on 23 June 2016, will bring together buyers and suppliers of sustainable tropical timber to share knowledge and best practice in the field.
Topics to be discussed include: How sustainably sourced tropical timber contributes to forest conservation; the impact of timber purchasing policies on both markets and forests; how best to design, implement, and satisfy timber purchasing policies in practice; what the Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition can offer public and private sectors; EU policy and financial mechanisms relating to sustainably sourced timber; and more.
Confirmed speakers include experts from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the City of Rotterdam, ICLEI Europe, the European STTC, and the European Timber Trade Federation. The event programme also includes several networking opportunities. The conference is free of charge but registration is required.
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