Global Town Hall @ Metropolitan Solutions


A paramount platform for city-industry dialogues, the Global Town Hall® was organized at the Hannover Messe in Germany on 8-12 April 2013 as a response to cities’ growing needs for low carbon, low-risk, eco-friendly, durable and economical infrastructure solutions.

Opting to invest about USD 1.8 million in low-carbon, low-risk and sustainable development, SuperCities – a group of fast-growing and ambitious cities with over one million population, exchanged strategies and expectations during these days.

“At the ICLEI Global Town Hall, ICLEI facilitated the matchmaking between SuperCities who got to know the cutting edge low-carbon, low-risk, eco-friendly industrial solutions, and companies who learned about the real needs and challenges faced by cities today”, said Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General.

Encompassing the areas of logistics, financing, urban management, waste and energy, SuperCities including Johannesburg (South Africa), Recife (Brazil), Suwon (South Korea) and Fortaleza (Brazil) discussed with companies how cities can prepare for the mounting urban challenges exacerbated by climate change in an era of shrinking economy and rapid urbanization.

Daily highlights and the speakers presentation can be found on http://www.iclei.org/our-activities/events/metropolitan-solutions/gthmetropolitansolutions.html.

Interested people who could not make it to Hannover have the chance to view the Global Town Hall sessions at http://www.metropolitansolutions.de/de/forum-live.

The next edition of Global Town Hall @ Metropolitan Solutions,  taking place at the Hannover Tradeshow, will be organized on 7-11 April 2014.

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