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May 22-24 | 2019

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The conference .

The URBAN FUTURE global conference is Europe’s largest event for sustainable cities. It’s the place to meet the most passionate and inspiring CityChangers from all over the world.

Cities are key to a sustainable future of our planet. Massive changes are necessary to fight climate change and social inequalities. So far, much is talked about technological solutions.
We believe, that what is most important for solving the urban challenges are the people driving positive change.
The URBAN FUTURE global conference is the world´s largest meeting dedicated exclusively to CityChangers – decision makers who actively, passionately and effectively make cities more sustainable.
In 2019 the  event will be held in Oslo, the European Green Capital 2019. Join us at #UFGC19 in Oslo and become part of the CityChangers-movement!

Thematic focus .

The thematic areas are changing slightly from year to year, taking into consideration all the discussions we have with stakeholders who are sharing their view on the most relevant topics for the future of cities.

Urban Mobility

 

Mobility holds one of the critical keys to sustainable cities. The decisions we make (or fail to make) today will have a tremendous impact on how we live in the future. Connect with passionate mobility experts, city planners, public transport specialists and visionaries who already make sustainable mobility happen.

Built Environment & Architecture

Whether it’s the amount of CO2 connected to construction, existing buildings’ hunger for energy, creating cities we want to live in or questions of land-use: many challenges must be solved. Meet the most forward-thinking urban planners, architects, engineers, developers, construction companies and investors.

Leadership

 

The transition to sustainable cities requires change on many levels, not at least of personal choices and how society sets priorities. And what these numerous change processes need the most is passionate leadership: whether personal, business or political leadership. That’s what we will talk about.

Green Business & Innovation

Businesses are an essential part of the solutions for more sustainable cities. Let’s collaborate, innovate and grow a sustainable economy. Hear from those green businesses, leaders, visionaries, innovators and collaborators from around the world just how private businesses and city administrations are teaming-up to make cities better places.

OUR 10 TRACKS .

They will guide you through #UFGC19 Programme.

Naturally, buildings and the entire built environment play a key role in defining a city. At the same time, buildings play a critical role when addressing emissions and tackling climate change, both in terms of energy use as well as in construction. Whereas plus energy buildings of almost any size can be realised today, such solutions remain the exception, rather than the norm. So let’s find out why that’s the case and how cities can make sure they are indeed built in a sustainable way.

Most cities around the globe are struggling with traffic and realise that a city centring around cars will not work in the long-run. Congestions cause severe economic damages, space required for cars & traffic is urgently needed for other purposes, and also, the current car-centred mobility is a serious health hazard to citizens. So it’s no surprise that cities around the world are looking for alternatives and ways to reduce car traffic. But what does it take to make the car-free city life happen (and enjoy it)?

Developing cities for the well-being of citizens sounds like a no-brainer political slogan before elections. But is it? When taking a closer look at cities around the world today, we see polluted cities, infrastructure focusing mainly on noisy (and polluting) car traffic, little green spaces, inaccessible rivers & seashores, and so on. But what would change, if concepts such as well-being or happiness of citizens really are #1 priority?

Many cities are struggling with the massive changes happening right now and those that are on the horizon. Industries disappear, the job landscape changes dramatically, innovation happens at an ever-increasing pace, new technologies will influence and shape cities such as the industrial revolution did. At the same time, climate action, reducing emissions and becoming more sustainable is a key-task, cities must tackle. So the question is, how to develop long-term strategies in an ever-changing environment? To say it in Ken Livingston’s words: “everything in sustainability and tackling climate change is about creating jobs”. So let’s find out how.

Everybody is talking about “Circular Economy”, and it’s clearly one of the buzzwords #1 in the urban context. But what exactly is it, how can cities benefit from it and how realistic are circular economy concepts on an industry, city or regional level? Let’s hear from the experts and cities operating at the forefront of a different economic thinking and let us identify the most promising opportunities for cities.

Cities are critical when it comes to cutting carbon emissions to levels that might limit global warming. That’s why many cities around the world are undertaking bold actions to substantially reduce their CO2 emissions in the next years. However, cutting emissions is complex, emotional, touches the lives of many and involves a broad range of players. There’s no time to lose, so let’s take a close look at the front-runner cities, their experiences, their tools and what did not work along the way.

Public Procurement is often seen as a rather dull and boring legal field. However, with European cities procuring billions of Euros every year, cities not only have substantial purchasing power. Most of all, they hold a very powerful tool to implement change when it comes to sustainability. And cities around the world are increasingly unleashing these powers to drive change in industries, ranging from mobility to construction and from energy to food.

Many cities are at a crossroads as key strategic and very long-term decision must be made to secure long-term success. Climate change poses an imminent threat to many cities and global megatrends & new technologies challenge almost all municipal processes currently in place. It becomes more and more obvious that governance structures and decision-making processes are ineffective in solving the challenges on hand. But what kind of governance and decision-making would we need … and more importantly, what structures and leaders are required for that?

Most cities are not isolated islands. The vast majority of cities is embedded in vibrant metropolitan areas. Most urban challenges, however, don’t stop at municipal borders and key issues affecting sustainable development – such as mobility, economic development and land-use – should be planned for the entire region to be truly sustainable. With municipalities often having quite opposing goals related to competition for citizens, investments, funding, transport, strategy, and so on, it is no surprise that metropolitan management is so difficult … and rarely successful. But there is hope.

One key strategy to reduce carbon emissions and health hazards connected to mobility is large-scale electrification. Even though it has no effects on congestion, reducing carbon, NOX and small particles emissions is important to most cities around the world. Only very few cities had been successful so far in realising a substantial share of private electric vehicles – whereas the electrification of public transport is a few steps ahead. With Oslo being the European e-mobility capital, let’s explore how to push electrification, hear from leading cities from around the world and take an outlook into the next frontiers of electrification.

Who’s there .

At UFGC you will meet the most passionate, innovative and inspiring professionals from

Cities and municipalities
Businesses
Research, innovation and science
Real estate
National and regional government
Architecture and urban planning
NGOs
Start ups
Herzlichen Dank, dass ich Teil dieser großartigen Veranstaltung sein durfte. Habe viele Inputs mitnehmen können. Ihnen und Ihrem Team herzliche Gratulation und danke für die Gastfreundschaft!

Peter Padourek Bürgermeister | Zell am See

I am impressed with the #UFGC18 work and the cordiality you did everything with. As a speaker you made us feel special. Thank you for a great customer journey while getting us prepared. You have done an awesome job!

Johanna Kotipelto Senior Specialist at the Prime Minister's Office in Finland | Helsinki

Each of us who work on cities knows that the need for pooling together our collective intelligence and experience is pressing, so it was heartening to spend the last number of days with kindred spirits and like-minded people. Thank you for organizing such great occasions for exchanging ideas and showcasing projects that will make for a more positive global urban future.

Abbie Chung Senior Associate at 5+design | Los Angeles

UFGC´18 Partners .