It’s called ECOCITY and it will take place in Nantes, France, from 25 to 27 September.
As part of the initiative “Nantes European Green Capital 2013”, the city of Nantes will be hosting the 10th edition of ECOCITY World Summit on Sustainable Cities from the 25th to the 27th September 2013.
Following on from Montreal, Istanbul, San Francisco, Bangalore, Shenzhen, Curitiba, Dakar, Adelaide and Berkeley, it will be the first edition to be held in the European Union.
ECOCITY is the cross-disciplinary World Summit on Sustainable Cities supported by the NGO Ecocity Builders.
The concept was originally designed to: Favor exchanges among local, regional and governmental decision-makers, researchers and the civil society; Bring together all the different disciplines on sustainable cities; Offer equal treatment to all speakers; Enable citizens to play a role.
Under the heading «the city as a vital area of work to grapple with the global sustainability issues», the Summit will serve as a platform to accelerate change at a global level, in partnership with the United Nations.
The programme of ECOCITY 2013 sets out 4 priority challenges for sustainable cities: financing, governing, thinking and shaping.
Following Stockholm, Hamburg and Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nantes is the European Green Capital for 2013. This distinction recognizes cities’ efforts to increase sustainability and improve quality of life. Addressing these issues is a urgent concern for European cities as three in four European citizens currently live in urban areas and that number is expected to grow to four in five by 2050.