The ICLEI World Congress 2012 will be held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil from 14 to 18 June 2012. The timing and location of the ICLEI World Congress 2012 are notable as this will be the first ICLEI World Congress in Latin America and because the event will take place just days before Rio+20. All interested parties are encouraged to attend ICLEI’s World Congress as well as the Rio+20 Conference.
The ICLEI World Congress takes place every three years and provides Mayors, local government elected officials and staff, representatives from international agencies, national governments, donors and other partners with the opportunity for peer exchanges, knowledge-sharing, capacity building and on-site visits and exhibits.
The program for ICLEI World Congress 2012 will be based on ICLEI’s eight strategic goals and will showcase the vast work of ICLEI Members on advancing sustainability. It will be enriched by global strategists and leaders sharing their vision on the opportunities and challenges for local governments in the coming decades.
The City of 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.
Local Sustainability 2012
The Local Sustainability 2012 study will lay the ground for the local government contribution to the Rio+20 conference:
– Documenting the variety of local processes for sustainability that have emerged all over the world, across the most diverse political and economic cultures;
– Analysing the impacts of such local processes and their success or failure to initiate the necessary transition process towards more sustainable cities;
– Proposing new ways forward for local governments to make their cities more resource-efficient, resilient and people-friendly, and to green their urban economies;
– Outlining the governance framework necessary to be implemented on national and international levels in order for local governments to successfully contribute to global sustainability.
The study will consist of a global overview report, outlining a typology of local sustainability processes and a collection of local innovation case studies from all over the world.