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22nd – 23rd November 2012, Paris, France

The International Symposium on Culture and Sustainable Development will take place on 22nd and 23rd November 2012 at the Congress Centre, the Museum of Science and Industry, Paris (France). The two day event will examine the role of culture in sustainable development. Speakers from disciplines such as art, philosophy, town planning, sociology, drama, energy and environment will present their views over the course of the event. Round table discussions will take place on a range of topics within the theme of the event. These discussions will be attended by industry experts and will give a balanced view from both a cultural and sustainable aspect.

The European Green Capital Award will be part of the round table discussion titled “towards greater recognition of culture in sustainable development”. The group will look at how culture and sustainable development organisations can work together to establish a greater recognition of culture in sustainable development.

Throughout the history of the European Green Capital Award the jury have valued each city’s culture and its ability to maintain, and even improve, this culture while strengthening sustainable development. The Award acknowledges the uniqueness of each city and encourages that sustainability be achieved by working with the city.

The current European Green Capital Vitoria-Gasteiz is an excellent ambassador of this sentiment. The city works with its natural wealth of green spaces to provide its citizens a stimulating place to live. Vitoria-Gasteiz puts a large focus on its medieval district through one of the best examples of sustainable preservation in Europe. The city is particularly proud of its restoration of Cathedral de St Maria and never misses an opportunity to show the beautiful structure off. It is the city’s dedication to sustainable development and to its citizens and their culture that made Vitoria-Gasteiz the European Green Capital for 2012.

For more information on The International Symposium on Culture and Sustainable Development click here: http://culture-dd12.org/

Environmental Workshop- Photos coutesy of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Environmental Workshop- Photos coutesy of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

For more information on what Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital is doing click here

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