The URBAN FUTURE global conference is Europe’s largest event for sustainable cities. It’s the place to meet the most passionate and inspiring CityChangers from all over the world.
Cities are key to a sustainable future of our planet. Massive changes are necessary to fight climate change and social inequalities. So far, much is talked about technological solutions.
We believe, that what is most important for solving the urban challenges are the people driving positive change.
The URBAN FUTURE global conference is the world´s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to CityChangers – decision makers who actively, passionately and effectively make cities more sustainable.
In 2019 the event will be held in Oslo, the European Green Capital 2019. Join us at #UFGC19 in Oslo and become part of the CityChangers-movement!
The thematic areas are changing slightly from year to year, taking into consideration all the discussions we have with stakeholders who are sharing their view on the most relevant topics for the future of cities.
This year, thematic focus is on: Urban Mobility, Built Environment and Architecture, Leadership, Green Business and Innovation.
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The cultural organization Mikser will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mikser Festival at a new location at lower Dorcol, Belgrade in May 2019. Strongly future-oriented, this year’s Mikser Festival addresses the phenomenon of sustainability as a new culture of living and doing business. During the 72 hours of continuous dialogue, artists, designers, IT experts, urban planners, ecologists, innovative companies, as well as students, will find common ground in developing a new model for a more altruistic and sensible future.
The festival will introduce more than 1000 participants, a strong b2b platform, a conference dedicated to sustainable development and the concept of circular economy, an exhibition, a ‘green’ hackathon, en eco-bazaar and a gastro market dedicated to the topic of food distribution to vulnerable groups. The 10th Mikser festival will give a synopsis of its decade of work, and it will feature examples of exceptional urban practices that strive towards a more sustainable future!
The Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference is the main gathering of the European circular economy community. The 2019 edition, organised in Brussels on the initiative of the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee, will take stock of the Circular Economy Action Plan’s achievements, it will set the ground for new horizons in the circular economy and give participants the opportunity to grow their network of circular partners.
Registrations are now open! Please note that the registrations are possible until the full capacity of the venues is reached!
(Due to the expected high interest and to the limited capacity of the premises, participation may have to be restricted to a certain number of representatives per organisation)
The conference will explore the action plan’s implementation as a successful framework for the transition, while discussing policies to capitalise on the current global momentum. It will also widen the discussion to consider the circular economy as an enabler to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
On Day 2 (7 March), in cooperation with the Coordination Group members of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, participatory workshops will showcase successes and identify new challenges and opportunities in areas such as circular cities and climate change mitigation, National circular economy strategies, consumers in the circular economy etc.
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Two years after the adoption of EU Circular Economy Package in December 2015, more than half of the initiatives included in the Action Plan have been delivered. To discuss upcoming deliverables, explore new areas of action, and share the first achievements the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee hosted a Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 20-21 February in Brussels.
Our 3 speakers will share their views and opinions on the debate: Is the CE Packaged being well accepted and implemented?; What are the incentives and voluntary commitments being discussed to encourage the transition?; Any existing barriers?; How to increase global action?
This workshop aims to showcase existing practices in the resource-efficient and sustainable use of woody biomass. It should also identify new opportunities, chances for cooperation and challenges along the value chain.
Event date: 13/04/2018
Location: Conference Centre Albert Borschette (CCAB), Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
Organiser: European Commission
Registration: Registration form
Materials and products made from woody biomass play an essential role in our daily lives. In many EU countries, their production is a cornerstone of the economy.
In the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy, woody biomass may also be key, if used resource-efficiently and sustainably: by increased valorisation and technological efficiency as well as better reuse and recycling.
The Commission committed to promoting the efficient use of bio-based resources in the EU action plan for the circular economy. This includes non-binding guidance on the cascading use of biomass by sharing good practices.
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Anniversary Celebration in Winterthur (on invitation only)
The year 2018 marks the 50 th Anniversary of the Club of Rome’s foundation on the 7 th April 1968. The Club’s million-fold bestselling first report “The Limits to Growth” has been followed by more than 40 subsequent reports, which have had deep impact on the emerging environmental movement and raised global awareness of the urgent need to rethink human activity on our planet in a more sustainable, climate neutral and eco-friendly way.
On 7 th April 1968, a network of entrepreneurs, diplomats, scientists and economists was created in Rome on the initiative of the Italian industrialist Aurelio Peccei and Alexander King, then Science Director of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The group was united in their concern about the future of humanity and the planet and assumed responsibility to make politicians and decision-makers worldwide aware of the most crucial issues of the future. “The Club of Rome” was born.
In the first report on the predicament of mankind, the Club of Rome warned of unlimited
material growth and uninhibited consumption in a world of limited resources: if human
activity was to continue in the same way as between 1900 and 1972, humanity would be about to overshoot the carrying capacity of planet earth until the end of the century. Fifty years later, there is no doubt that the ecological footprint of humanity exceeds its limits each year.
The work of the Club of Rome significantly contributed to the emergence of the global
environmental movement in the 60s and 70s and altered people worldwide to the dangers of climate change, environmental pollution as well as unlimited resource consumption.
The concerns of the Club of Rome have not lost their relevance: Already 50 years ago, the Club of Rome stated that it was possible to alter growth trends and establish new
conditions for a just and sustainable world which allows for stability, sustainability and
Today, the central problem is no longer if we can achieve a global standard of living that
does not exceed the limits of our planed but how we can achieve that.
The 100 members, worldwide renown experts in their respective disciplines, are still
devoted to the founding principles of the Club: The commitment for a sustainable future
of humankind from a holistic, systemic and long-term perspective. The global challenges facing humanity are interconnected and cannot be tackled as singular, isolated events.
The latest report “Come On! Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet”, authored by the Co-Presidents Prof. Ernst von Weizsäcker and Dr. Anders Wijkman with contributions by 30 more members of the Club of Rome, will be launched to coincide with the 50 th Anniversary. This report suggests a positive and realistic agenda for the future and states that we have sufficient knowledge to achieve the necessary sustainability transformation and preserve our natural environment, resources and living conditions.
Presenting Slovenia’s Roadmap in Madrid: Key lessons from 6 European countries
Representatives of six European countries were invited to Madrid on March 21st 2018 to present how their countries are preparing themselves to make the transition from linear to circular economies.
The local NGO Foundacion pa ra la Economia Circular organised the international event together with the Spanish government in order to hear examples from leading European countries and to present the ambitious new Spanish policy framework for the circular economy to the public. Spain’s far-reaching plan features a variety of actions to be taken by all ministries with millions of euros to be allocated to different circular economy projects.
Niko Korpar from CC presented the case of Slovenia with a focus on the upcoming Roadmap: Towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia. Other international speakers featured Emanuelle Moesch from the French Institu national de l’economie circulaire, Hari Kerlevi from the Finnish national fund SITRA and Herman Huissman, the esteemed waste management expert representing the Dutch government.
5 key lessons from the event:
1. Concrete goals, time frames and monitoring are key for following through
2. Stakeholder engagement is key to ensure a wide sense of ownership
3. National CE strategies are processes and not “just documents”, should constantly be updated and revised
4. National specifics (history, culture) should be taken into account when creating strategies
5. Find where you can make the most impact and focus on delivering results
Policy makers are increasingly interested in achieving a sustained economic growth and development without harming the environment. Reducing the environmental impact of SMEs presents one of the key factors in this regard, given that SMEs constitute a vast majority of business population. Decreasing environmental footprint can also be observed as an important business opportunity for SMEs; however they are often faced with a number of limitations in improving their environmental performance (size- related obstacles, financial limitations, skill deficit and knowledge constraints).
Against this background, the fourth regional policy dialogue meeting will serve as a platform to discuss SME greening policies and exchange country experiences and lessons learned. It will convene over 50 senior policy-makers, representing various ministries and SME agencies from the Western Balkans and Turkey as well as senior representatives from the private sector.
The primary objective of the regional policy dialogue is to discuss policies that would facilitate smooth and successful transition of SMEs towards greener economy. By presenting various good practices from OECD/EU countries and hearing private sector testimonials, the meeting will showcase the tangible benefits of implementing these policies for enhanced productivity, competitiveness, as well as creating new business opportunities.
Save the date! More information and registration is available on the Platform website!
Two years after the adoption of EU Circular Economy Package in December 2015, more than half of the initiatives included in the Action Plan have been delivered. To discuss upcoming deliverables, explore new areas of action and share the first achievements of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee will host a Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 20-21 February in Brussels.
The circular economy, a joint endeavor
Organised back-to-back with the EU Industry Day, this edition of the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference will bring together industry representatives, public authorities, NGOs, and citizens to make the transition a truly joint endeavour.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the experiences of key players in the transition to a circular, resource-efficient and low-carbon economy. In addition, they will discuss and share their views on upcoming deliverables and work streams.
CEC is thrilled by the participation, knowledge and network built through the Circular Economy Mapping Week held in over 65 cities worldwide during this past week [5th - 11th February 2018]. During this week, CEC Organizers voluntarily set up group sessions to map the circular initiatives in their cities. Workshops took place in 65+ cities, including Ljubljana, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Madrid, Montreal, New York, London, São Paulo, Singapore and Taipei.
The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, run in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, is the world’s premier circular economy award program. The award offers recognition to individuals and organizations across the globe that are making notable contributions to the circular economy in the private sector, public sector and society. The annual awards are hosted at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.