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The conference programme brought together the expertise of several national and European networks of local governments and numerous partner organisations in a joint effort to reach out to local governments all over Europe and present the most innovative examples. Over the course of the 3 conference days, participants have been taken on a journey through the landscape of local sustainability activities in Europe, touching upon international trends and local innovation, political networking and key messages for the future.

The programme featured committed politicians and technical experts from local authorities from Europe and other part of the world, internationally renowned experts and prestigious representatives from EU institutions, business and other organisations! Discover here the numerous speakers that attended the event.

The Agora - a place of assembly and exchange - offered a structured space for participants to meet, present and discuss local initiatives over lunches and coffee breaks, in an informal setting that allowed small group discussions with and amongst delegates. More details about the Agora programme in this section!


Signatory ceremony
Beyond being inspired by the abundant innovative ideas, initiatives and projects presented in Dunkerque, local governments leaders had the opportunity to make concrete commitment by signing the Aalborg Commitment during the Signatory Ceremony which took place on 20 May.



View Detailed Programme & Download Presentations

Click on the different conference days (left menu or below) to view a detailed version of the programme and click on the links next to the speakers' names to download their powerpoint presentations, speeches or presentation abstracts.

You can also download a PDF of the final conference programme in the following languages: English Français Deutsch Italiano Español

Day 1 - Wednesday, 19 May

Day 2 - Thursday, 20 May

Day 3 - Friday, 21 May


Opening Plenary
Europe 2050 - Where are cities going?

Parallel sessions B
Governing and managing sustainable cities

Panel discussion
Next Climate Conference – COP16 in Mexico: Responsibilities ahead for local and national governments






Key Plenary
Climate change, economic crisis, social challenges

Cooperation debate
Cooperation on eco-efficient and resilient urban infrastructure 

Outlook Plenary
A Europe of sustainable cities






Interactive Debates
Turning challenges into solutions – The local approach

Key plenary
Connected and committed - Progress of local sustainability in Europe

Study visits





Parallel sessions A
Innovative solutions to local challenges

Ceremonial Plenary
Champions and newcomers


Evening reception & dinner


Mayors' Session

Dining in Dunkerque