Governance and finance for sustainable development will be at the forefront of the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, which will take place in the City of Geneva, a global leader in international finance and trade, and international diplomacy and cooperation.

The City of Geneva, its local partners, as well as the European Sustainable Cities & Towns (ESCT) Conference Preparatory Committee, have the pleasure to invite you and a delegation from your region, city, town or municipality to the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17-19 April 2013.

Geneva, in its key position on the world stage, will provide a platform to foster critical and creative thinking, and take a step forward to realising sustainable development solutions at all levels. New answers will be sought to address the global financial crisis in the context of sustainable development and international and local governance for sustainability.

Building upon the conclusions of the previous European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns in Dunkerque 2010 and the outcomes of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development,Geneva 2013 will seek to bridge the gaps between environmental, economic and social goals and connect governments, civil society and business through policy and action.

The conference will offer plenty of learning and networking opportunities as well as the chance to mingle with those at the forefront of sustainable thought, practice, policy and implementation. Following on from the success of previous conferences in Aalborg (Denmark) 1994 and 2004, Lisbon (Portugal) 1996, Hanover (Germany) 2000 and Seville (Spain) 2007, more than 1,000 local government leaders from all over Europe, as well as representatives from institutions and NGOs will convene in Geneva. The diverse countries, cultures and communities represented will be a great asset as participants draw upon their collective experience, creativity and commitment to create livable, just and sustainable cities and towns.

Traditionally the largest European conference dedicated to local sustainable development, the event will take place in the International Conference Centre Geneva CICG. Participants will benefit from its privileged location in the vicinity of the UN Place des Nations, just minutes from international transport hubs and the city centre.

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