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Does local sustainable development offer chances to overcome the current economic, social and environmental global challenges? Can a new sense of responsible leadership and integrated vision lead our cities to more sustainable solutions?

The three days of the conference will be dedicated to engaging in a political and strategic reflection as to how local sustainability offers chances to overcome the impacts of the global economic, social and environmental crisis at the local level and how it can be further implemented in Europe under the actual political frameworks.

The programme will seek to maximize discussion and interactions among speakers and participants through original session formats and methodologies. The Agora will allow a large number of participants to share their experiences at the conference.

Final Invitation to the conference

We invite you to download the Final Invitation for more information about the conference. This document includes a detailed version of the programme as well as more information to help you prepare your trip to Dunkerque.

The Final Invitation is available in English Français Deutsch Italiano Español

Overview of the Programme

Conference languages
English and French will be the official conference languages. Interpreting into Spanish, German and Italian will be offered for the plenaries and at least one parallel session. Interpreting in further languages may be provided according to the demand.

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