About the Forum
From 9 - 12 October this year C40 Cities and the City of Copenhagen will host the 7th edition of the international C40 World Mayors Summit. Assembling mayors, city officials and organisations from across the world, the Summit serves as a unique forum to showcase innovative climate solutions and influence key decision-makers to take the bold and urgent action needed to keep global temperature rise to below 1.5 °C.
On 10 October, Confederation of Danish Industry will host the Cities & Business Forum; the Official Business Side Event of the Summit. The forum is a one-day event focusing on businesses’ role in responding to the climate challenge at a city level.
See the tentative program
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Why a Cities & Business Forum?
Private sector as pivotal partner for cities
C40’s member cities are collectively setting ambitious targets for progressing towards zero carbon cities and over 80 city governments are now committed to begin implementing a ‘Climate Action Plan’ before the end of 2020, in line with the United Nations’ Paris Agreement’s 1.5 °C target. Cities and businesses increasingly recognize the need for collaboration to accelerate implementation of impactful climate actions.
Who will join?
Mayors, city representatives and business leaders from all over the world, who are implementing progressive action to mitigate and adapt to climate change, are expected to participate in this event. This includes companies who deliver sustainable solutions to cities, as well as companies who in their operations are taking ambitious steps to contribute to reaching climate targets.
What can I expect?
This Cities & Business Forum will serve as a platform for city leaders and business leaders to demonstrate their active climate leadership and share best-practice solutions in response to city climate challenges.
Moreover, this conference will provide the opportunity to learn about the mayoral climate commitments and city climate challenges, as well as to explore models for collaboration between the private sector and city governments.
This conference will address the global climate crisis we face by engaging keynote speakers, panel debates, break-out sessions and an exhibition area that will highlight climate solutions supporting systematic transitions to low-carbon cities that improve the quality of life for all citizens.
The program consists of two parts:
- During the morning, a more business-focused plenary session will take place, with subsequent practical breakout sessions, enabling the audience to engage actively in real city challenges explained by city officials across three themes.
- Following a networking lunch, the afternoon sessions will explore current and new partnership and practical collaboration models for cities and businesses, including opportunities to become involved in ongoing programmes aiming to build a sustainable future.
The three themes for the day are:
- Energy - transitioning to low-carbon cities through renewable energy generation and energy efficiency in supply chains and the built environment.
- Water - integrated approach to urban water management between multiple stakeholders. Ensuring sustainable and efficient water distribution, wastewater treatment, and climate mitigation of flood and drought risks.
- Liveability - sharing holistic and systemic approaches to ensure lively, safe, sustainable and healthy cities. Through methods of architecture, transportation, urban planning and reduced pollution securing increased life quality of the citizens of our cities.