Every three years, ICLEI holds its World Congress to showcase how local and regional governments across our network are advancing sustainable urban development worldwide. The ICLEI World Congress connects them with their peers and strategic partners, and provides a platform for discussions that will inform and enhance their work.
At the ICLEI World Congress 2018, hundreds of local, regional and national governments, international agencies, representatives of the private sector, academics and researchers, community groups and other partners from around the world came together to steer the global sustainable development agenda by strengthening action taken in urban areas worldwide.
At the four-day ICLEI World Congress 2018, 56 sessions, 3 pre-events, and 10 technical visits took place, allowing participants to learn more about how urban sustainability is an integral component of the global sustainable development agenda. Participants looked at how to strengthen collective action on sustainability, in a way that has local, national and global impacts.
The event also offered a range of networking opportunities. Participants shared their experiences, stories and good practices on urban sustainability Together, participants shaped solutions and forged new partnerships that advance sustainable urban development.
The event presented a multitude of diverse opportunities for attendees to grow their networks and exchange ideas, whether through city-to city meetings, bilateral dialogues and webinars or via videos and posters exhibited throughout the venue.
From the founding World Congress in New York City, USA in 1990, the ICLEI World Congress has always taken a deep and critical look the most relevant and pressing issues in urban sustainability. The ICLEI World Congress is the core event organized by ICLEI. Each event is a chance for the network and our partners to come together and outline the future of sustainability in urban areas worldwide.
Learn more about the feature themes at the ICLEI World Congress 2018 here.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions in over 100 countries committed to building a sustainable future. As a global network, ICLEI is a connection point between local and regional governments worldwide.
Through the World Congress, ICLEI is mobilizing its global network to connect with their peers and to build strategic ties with key actors and influencers outside the governmental sphere.
As a Québec metropolis and a major Canadian city, Montréal is a major hub of innovation and knowledge, distinguished by its contagious joie de vivre and vibrant mix of cultures and languages.
After having established itself as a leader in sustainable development thanks to determined governance, exemplary sustainability policies and transferable initiatives, the Ville de Montréal has been selected to host the ICLEI World Congress in 2018.
In addition to having set the ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, Montréal is committed to ensuring universal access to its infrastructure and services. The French-speaking metropolis of the Americas has also incorporated the principles of sustainable development into all its activities, projects and policies, while encouraging its partners to do the same.
As host city of the Congress, Montréal provided an international platform to showcase the innovative potential of sustainable development at the local level.