On 11-13 May, ICLEI World Congress 2021-2022 was held in Malmo, Sweden.
More than 625 participants from 50 countries gathered at that venue in Malmö and around 200 people also participated online. 44% of the participants were representatives of one local and subnational government. Other participants included academics, research institutions, the private sector, civic organizations, and NGOs.
Over three days, 6 high-level dialogues, 26 interactive sessions, 10 online sessions, and 13 mobile workshops were held to demonstrate the power that ICLEI has to deal with climate and natural emergencies and to discuss and exchange ideas on sustainable urban development.
Malmö Commitment was officially launched under the leadership of Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö and First Vice President of ICLEI. The Malmö Commitment is based on one of ICLEI’s visions – an environmentally just and equitable transition – and is supported by local and subnational governments committed to urban transformation. With this commitment, local and subnational governments prioritize all people and social equality at the core of sustainable development in the region.
Mayor of Freiburg introduces inter-city cooperation with Matsuyama City
In the interactive session ‘All hand on deck: Building a sustainable urban world for all’, facilitated by Yunus Arikan, Director of Global Advocacy at ICLEI, representatives of ICLEI member municipalities presented their initiatives. Martin Horn, Mayor of Freiburg, promoted the collaboration with Matsuyama City, Japan. Freiburg has 12 sister cities around the world and is actively in inter-city cooperation, a city with very strong international links.
The City of Saitama, video participation in the parallel session ‘The role of AI in achieving sustainability in cities’
The Mayor of Saitama City, Hayato Shimizu, participated via a video message. In the video message, in addition to the fact that Saitama City is taking the lead in decarbonization and other initiatives to become a sustainable city, the message also states that the ‘Saitama Sustainable Cities Summit – E-KIZUNA Global Summit’ is planned to be held in November 2022, in collaboration with ICLEI Japan.
This video message, together with an introductory video to the summit, was broadcasted during the online parallel session ‘The Role of AI in achieving sustainability in cities’ at the ICLEI World Congress and was also disseminated via Twitter through ICLEI Japan.
‘City Gallery’- PR activities to showcase ICLEI’s Network and Members
The ‘City Gallery’ is an on-site booth shown to in-person participants during the Malmö Summit, which showcases the initiatives of ICLEI member municipalities. The initiatives of ICLEI member municipalities in Japan, Shimokawa Town, Kyoto City, Saitama City, Sumida Ward, Toyama City, Hiroshima City, Matsuyama City, and Musashino City were introduced.
Video messages from the mayors of Kyoto and Shimokawa were also shown, providing an opportunity for the Japanese local governments to make their efforts known.