600 representatives of the world’s most important foundations meet in Copenhagen for the 24th EFC Annual general Assembly, tackling the theme of sustainable cities
There couldn’t be a more appropriate setting for the 24th European Foundation Centre Annual general assembly, which starts on 30 May in Copenhagen, where over 600 representatives of the world’s most important foundations, are gathering together to discuss sustainability in urban areas.
As more than half of the world’s population now live in cities, and an estimated 70% of the world’s GDP generated within urban areas, while a further two billion people are expected to become city or urban dwellers in the next 30 years, the need to develop sustainable solutions for our cities has never been greater. “Over the coming days, we will have a chance to look more deeply at how foundations are developing visionary solutions, contributing to long-term sustainability and bringing real improvements to people’s lives.” Said Erik Rudeng, Director, Fritt Ord Foundation and EFC Chair. Housing, employment, education, cultural heritage, migration, mobility, urban planning and the environment are some of the issues which will be discussed in the three-day conference.
Being a smart and innovative city , Copenhagen provides a perfect backdrop to learn about, share and debate issues surrounding urban development and sustainability as well as a range of pressing topics of interest to the sector.
“In various respects Copenhagen is a role model for many of the world’s medium-sized cities when it comes to sustainable urban development.” Said Flemming Borreskov, CEO of Realdania and Conference Committee Chair, “The city intends to become the first carbon neutral capital in the world in 2025, and already by 2015 the carbon emissions will be reduced by 20 percent.”