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April 1-3 | 2020

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International Networking Partners


EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities with over 140 members across 39 countries, representing more than 130 million people. It facilitates learning experiences between cities and represents their interests towards the European Union. EUROCITIES is committed to working towards a common vision of a democratic, sustainable future in which all citizens can enjoy a good quality of life.

EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Together towards sustainable, climate-resilient and vibrant cities. The European Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional governments voluntarily committed to reducing CO2 emissions, adapting to climate changes impacts and providing citizens with sustainable, secure and affordable energy.

World Green Building Council

The World Green Building Council is a global network of Green Building Councils in around 70 countries. Collectively, their goal is to eliminate the building and construction sector’s carbon emissions by 2050. WorldGBC takes action – championing local and global leadership, and empowering its community to drive change. They are building a better future, and are committed to green buildings for everyone, everywhere.


Around the world, C40 Cities connects 96 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe.

EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community established and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2010. It is Europe’s largest public-private partnership with the purpose to tackle climate change through innovation – a growing pan-European community of diverse organisations united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at the climate change challenge.


The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a global organization of over 200 leading businesses from all sectors and major economies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. They represent combined revenues of $8.5+ trillion and 19 million employees. “Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.”

Union of the Baltic Cities – Sustainable Cities Commission

The Union of the Baltic Cities is a voluntary network mobilizing its member cities for democratic, economic, social, cultural and environmentally sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region
. The Sustainable Cities Commission co-ordinates the UBC Sustainability Action Programme.


The Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management is an international network of cities and regions sharing the aim of promoting a sustainable resource management through prevention at source, reuse and recycling, and accelerating the transition towards a circular economy on their territories and beyond.

Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Representing 130,000 towns, cities, regions and their networks, CEMR is committed to sustainable cities in many ways. In the EU and beyond, they advocate for suitable legislation, share knowledge, and gather Europe’s top experts on the climate & energy transition, waste and mobility. They also run sustainable projects such as the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities or the Covenant of Mayors – which they coordinate in Europe and in Africa.


CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies, cities and states & regions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Over 6,300 companies with some 55% of global market capitalization and more than 620 cities and 120 states & regions disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2017/18.

Circle Economy

Circle Economy believes in a visionary future for our planet — one in which we do not have to compromise in order to achieve economic, social, or environmental prosperity. As an impact organisation, they connect and empower a global community with a powerful combination of practical and scalable solutions to turn circular opportunities into reality.

WWF One Planet Cities Challenge

WWF Cities works with local governments to raise their climate ambitions and engage their citizens in mass behavior change. Their centerpiece is the One Planet City Challenge. It is the largest and longest running of its kind. From 2019, participating cities will be evaluated against their alignment with the goal of 1.5°C of maximum global warming. Cities will further be guided to big win impact reductions. Want your city to sign up?


Since 1989, Polis has supported its member cities and regions in achieving their mobility policy objectives. Polis fosters cooperation and partnerships across Europe and with the EU, to make transport research and innovation more accessible to cities and regions and provides decision makers with the necessary tools for making sustainable mobility policies a reality.

Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

The CNCA is a collaboration of leading global cities working to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80-100% by 2050 or sooner — the most aggressive GHG reduction targets undertaken anywhere by any city. The CNCA aims to address what it will take for leading international cities to achieve these deep emissions reductions and how they can work together to meet their respective goals more efficiently and effectively.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision-makers across businesses, governments, and academia. The charity’s work focuses on five interlinking areas: insight and analysis; learning and training; business and government; systemic initiatives; and communications.

8 80 Cities

8 80 Cities is an NPO that brings citizens together to enhance mobility and public space to create more vibrant, healthy and equitable communities – safe and happy cities that prioritize peoples’ well-being. “We believe that if everything we did in our cities was great for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, then it will be great for all!”

Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy

The Urban Agenda for the EU represents a new multi-level working method promoting cooperation between Member States, cities, the European Commission and other stakeholders in order to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation in European cities. There are separate partnerships established on 14 priority urban themes, among them Circular Economy. The Partnership on Circular Economy aims to stimulate the re-use, repair, refurbishment and recycling of existing materials and products to promote new growth and job opportunities.

European Green Capital & Green Leaf Award Secretariat

The European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards are both European Commission initiatives that reward European towns and cities that are making efforts to improve the urban environment and move towards healthier and sustainable living areas. Each year, the Awards are given to European cities that have a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards; are committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development; and can act as a role model to inspire other cities to promote environmental best practices across Europe.


ANCI is the Italian Association of Cities and Municipalities. It represents local governments at the national level and promotes sustainable urban development through the participation in EU co-funded projects. ANCI makes an active commitment towards the creation of a national urban agenda and the promotion of EU initiatives such as the URBACT programme in the framework of the activities of the National URBACT Point for Italy.


URBACT enables cities to develop integrated solutions to major urban challenges, through networking, sharing knowledge, and building capacities for urban practitioners. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and EU Partner and Member States since 2002.

ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI Europe – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future. By helping the ICLEI Network to become sustainable, low-carbon, ecomobile, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, ICLEI impacts over 25% of the global urban population.

USDN – Urban Sustainability Directors Network

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is a peer-to-peer network of local government professionals from communities across the US and Canada dedicated to creating a healthier environment, economic prosperity, and increased social equity. Our dynamic network enables sustainability directors and staff to share best practices and accelerate the application of good ideas across North America.

Germany – Land of Ideas

Germany’s image is shaped by a number of economic, geographic and cultural factors. Like any location, however, it is primarily defined by its people. The people of Germany, their ideas, and their activities are the bedrock of its society and provide cohesion. The ‘Germany – Land of Ideas’ initiative provides a platform for them.


The Town & Country Planning Association, founded in 1899, is the UK’s oldest independent charity focused on planning and sustainable development. The TCPA puts social justice and the environment at the heart of policy debate, and seeks to inspire government, industry and campaigners to take a fresh perspective on majors issues, including planning policy, housing, regeneration and climate change.

Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network

Procura+ is a network of European public authorities that connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement. The Procura+ Network joins forces to champion sustainable and innovation procurement at the European level. Activities and initiatives include thematic interest groups, the annual Procura+ Seminar and the Procura+ Awards.

Urban Innovation Vienna

Urban Innovation Vienna is the competence centre for future urban issues in Vienna. The core mission is to assist in accomplishing future urban tasks with interdisciplinary expertise.


scaling4good is about identifying how to grow, connect, replicate the great ideas, initiatives and projects that pave the way to a better future for humanity on our planet. It acts as a catalyst of impact through scaling toolkits and methods, workshops and the development of a community of scalers.


UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Our vision is a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world. UN-Habitat promotes transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action, to leave no one and no place behind.


KEINO Competence Centre is part of the implementation of the Finnish Government Programme and its operations are steered and funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. KEINO supports and helps Finnish public contracting authorities with the development of sustainable and innovative procurement.


The International Society of City and Regional Planners is a global association of recognised and highly-qualified planners from more than 80 countries. As a non-governmental organisation, ISOCARP is recognised by the UN, UNHCS and the Council of Europe.

German Sustainable Building Council

The aim of the DGNB is to promote sustainability in the construction and real estate industry and instil awareness of building sustainability among the broader population.

CSR Europe

CSR Europe is the European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. Through its 48 corporate members and 42 national CSR organisations, it gathers over 10,000 companies, looking to enhance sustainable growth and positively contributing to society.

Urban Innovative Actions

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an Initiative of the EU that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. UIA offers urban authorities with the possibility to take a risk and experiment the most innovative and creative solutions.

Want to team up with us for UFGC20?

Yes! It is a good idea to join forces. Together we are stronger. There are tons of possibilities to work together: mutual promotion, media cooperations, showcasing what you’ve got in our Green Business Village or becoming one of our premium business partners, hosting one of our field trips or planning a joint side event. Let’s just talk it over.

Business partnerships: Gerald Babel-Sutter, gerald@urban-future.org, +43 699 13 33 13 16

Media cooperations: Lisa Gatterbauer, lisa@urban-future.org, +43 650 22 11 616