ICLEI World Congress 2021 - 2022

Wednesday, 11 May, 2022 - 09:30 to Friday, 13 May, 2022 - 19:00
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Monday, 9 May, 2022

ICLEI World Congress 2021 - 2022

11-13 May 2022 in Malmö, Sweden (Virtual and In-Person)

by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Every three years, ICLEI hosts the ICLEI World Congress to showcase how cities, towns and regions across our network are advancing sustainable urban development worldwide. The ICLEI World Congress connects local and regional governments with their peers and strategic partners, and provides a platform for discussions that will inform and enhance their work.

From the founding World Congress in New York City, USA in 1990, the ICLEI World Congress has always taken a deep and critical look at the most relevant and pressing issues in urban sustainability. The ICLEI World Congress is the core event organized by ICLEI. Each event is a chance for the network and our partners to come together and outline the future of sustainability in urban areas worldwide.

The ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022: The Malmö Summit will feature three days of rich and engaging sessions, preceded by the Research Symposium as a dedicated Research & Innovation component. The Malmö Summit sessions are divided into the following overarching categories:

  • Strategies towards a climate neutral future
  • Strategies towards resilient and healthy communities in harmony with nature
  • Strategies towards equitable and inclusive communities

In order for cities, towns and regions to achieve these objectives, key enablers for action need to be leveraged. The Malmö Summit will give special attention to two of those enablers: Sustainable finance and Innovation. Additionally, the key themes of public procurementcircular development and sustainable mobility will be examined in a number of sessions.

The Research Symposium, which is a full-day hybrid event with a special focus on in-person engagement, will be a space to discuss how different stakeholders can collectively address the knowledge gaps and priority topics identified in the updated Global Research and Action Agenda (GRAA) and City Research Agenda (CRA); what are potential roadmaps to address these gaps and priority topics; and how can academia and subnational governments work together in co-designing exemplary research and innovation projects.

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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.