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The ‘Towards Rio+20: Local and regional action for green economy’ Conference

4 October 2011, Malmö, Sweden

In light of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or “Rio+20”, the Committee of the Regions of the European Union (CoR), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the City of Malmö are hosting the ‘Towards Rio+20: Local and regional action for green economy’ Conference, giving EU cities and regions a medium to voice their opinions.

In June 2012, 20 years after the first “Earth Summit” Heads of State and Government will attend the UNCSD. The main focus will be to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development through themes of “a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication” and “the institutional framework for sustainable development”.

The aim of this conference in Malmö is to give EU cities and regions a voice at a very appropriate time in preparation for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Involving local and regional authorities in the Rio+20 process is crucial to ensure that Rio+20 will be a major milestone for tangible, effective action that can have real impact across the world.

The conference will see speakers from all over Europe discuss the strategic framework for a green economy, its financing in our cities and regions and also the improving of local and international governance for a green economy. Speeches include: Smart public policy making, by Mr. Alfredo Bengoa; Architect, Department of Urbanism Victoria-Gasteiz City Council. Victoria-Gasteiz is the European Green Capital for 2012.

For the draft programme click here

For registration or more information please contact enve@cor.europa.eu. The conference is free of charge.