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ICLEI World Congress 2012
14 Jun 2012 - 18 Jun 2012
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The ICLEI World Congress 2012 will deal with the pressing issues facing urban areas in this unpredictable era of change. The Congress will bring our Members, partners, global strategists, academics and NGO?s together. Participants will learn from inspirational speakers and real-life city cases about cutting-edge integrated solutions to the challenges we face.
Closely linked to the UN Rio+20 conference, the ICLEI World Congress 2012 will chart the way forward for local governments and their partners to a more sustainable and prosperous future.
This will be the first ICLEI World Congress in Latin America and we are excited to welcome participants to this vibrant and dynamic region.

Date: 14 18 June 2012
Where: Belo Horizonte
Registration fee: None. In a generous offer, the host city of Belo Horizonte has waived the registration fee for all participants in order to enable attendance of all.
Website: www.iclei.org/worldcongress2012


Why attend?
? Engage, share and learn about cutting-edge integrated solutions to the interconnected urban challenges we face.
? Network with, get advice from and be inspired by global strategists, NGOs, international organizations and funders, sharing their insights on the opportunities and challenges for local governments in the coming decades.
? Experience the UN Rio+20 Conference by hearing VIP speakers from Rio as they visit and present at the ICLEI World Congress in Belo Horizonte.
? Discuss local variants of the key themes of Rio+20: Green Urban Economy and Local Governance and Leadership for Sustainable Development.
? Showcase your work in making sustainability happen at the local level: be it on climate change mitigation and adaptation, fostering a green urban economy, or promoting sustainable transport.


Program

If you have a program suggestion or wish to make a contribution, contact Steven Bland at world.congress (at) iclei.org. For a complete program, please visit http://worldcongress2012.iclei.org/fileadmin/templates/WC2012/Documents/ProgramBookEnglish_Final.pdf.

VIP Speakers already confirmed include...

Gil Peņalosa
Director of 8-80 Cities

Martin Lees
Former Executive Secretary, Club of Rome

Brice Lalonde
Executive Coordinator of Rio+20

Jeb Brugmann
Founding Partner, The Next Practice

Key themes covered in the program will include:
Green Urban Economy
Local governance for sustainable development
Behaviour Change
Greening Events

And ICLEI's Strategic Goals, including:
Biodivercities,
Resource-Efficient cities
and Low-carbon and climate neutral cities


Complimentary program activities include...

3rd International Urban Researchers? Symposium on local sustainability 15-17 June 2012
Will be integrated into the main congress program, providing opportunities for participants to interact directly with researchers to jointly identify research needs and to share interesting local case study examples.
For more information, please contact Richard Simpson at richard.simpson (at) iclei.org

ICLEI Urban Nature Conference 13-14 June 2012
Urban Nature is a conference series focusing on Urban Biodiversity and Food Security. The International Urban Researchers? Symposium on local sustainability will be integrated into the main congress program, providing opportunities for participants to interact directly with researchers to jointly identify research needs and to share interesting local case study examples.
For more information, please contact the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center: biodiversity (at) iclei.org


Registration and more information

Registration will open in February 2012 at this location: www.iclei.org/worldcongress2012
For questions about registration and participation, please contact world.congress (at) iclei.org


The Host City

Belo Horizonte has consistently demonstrated both its leadership and commitment to sustainability and international cooperation. As a member since 1993, the City has shown a strong commitment to working with ICLEI both in Brazil and internationally.

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