7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns (ESCT)

17-04-2013 to 19-04-2013, Geneva, Switzerland

The 7th ESCT conference "A green and socially responsible economy: a solution in times of crisis?" will focus on governance and finance for sustainable development aiming to find lasting solutions to the current crisis both from an economic and an environmental point of view.

During the three-day conference plenary sessions featuring high level speakers and interactive breakout sessions. The event will take place at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), where participants will have the opportunity to mingle with those at the forefront of sustainable thought, practice, policy, and implementation as well as exchange experience and best practices.

Following the success of the previous editions, the event aims to gather more than 1000 participants from local and national governments, UN and European institutions as well as NGOs, research institutes and businesses.


With more than half of the global population living in urban areas, it has been extensively demonstrated that cities and urbanization play a key role in achieving sustainability targets. Cites provide an ideal opportunity to directly gauge the urgent needs of communities and are therefore essential when delivering sustainability.

The Green Economy, in all its dimensions, will be addressed by multiple experts to gain a better understanding of how gaps between environmental, economic and social goals can be bridged. The full conference programme is available here.

In addition to the rich programme, workshops on site in the area of Geneva will show the latest innovative activities in urban sustainability.


The conference is jointly organised by the City of Geneva, ICLEI Europe and the ESCT Conference Preparatory Committee.

For more information, please visit the conference website www.sustainablegeneva2013.org.  Reserve your place today and take advantage of the early registration fee until 1st March 2013: http://register.sustainablegeneva2013.org/online_registration.php

A one-page at glance overview of the event is available below.