ICLEI World Congress 2021 - 2022

Thanks for joining us in Malmö, Sweden. The 2021-2022 ICLEI World Congress report is now available.

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The ICLEI World Congress 2021 - 2022 has been a year-long experience, hosted by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Malmö, Sweden

ICLEI’s triennial gathering offered multiple opportunities to connect throughout 2021 – 2022.

On 13-15 April 2021, we connected online for the Virtual Launch of the ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022.An all digital experience kicked off the event with high-level discussions on how local and regional governments can continue to advance on sustainable development together with ICLEI.

Throughout the rest of 2021, we continued exploring critical topics in sustainable urban development in a virtual event series, The Road to Malmö, building our momentum to 2022.

We then gathered in person in Malmö, Sweden, for The Malmö Summit, on 11-13 May 2022 to exchange with and inspire one another on the best practices in local sustainable development, and learn firsthand from the City of Malmö’s wealth of sustainability initiatives.


Welcome by Malmö Mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh

At the ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022 in Malmö, Sweden, local governments and partners had an incredible chance to learn, connect, and exchange experiences.

Together we can take the next step towards a sustainable future!

ICLEI Malmö Strategy 2021-2027

On 10 May, ICLEI Membership gathered, in-person in Malmö, Sweden for the 2022 Global Executive Committee-ICLEI Council meeting to reflect and share accomplishments from the past year and recommit to the work outlined in the Strategic Vision 2021-2027 and Action Plan 2021-2024.

Hear more about the Malmö Commitment and Strategic Vision 2021-2022 from our Secretary General, Gino Van Begin, in this video.

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Advancing and accelerating the sustainable transition

The ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022 offered sessions and workshops that enabled participants to explore, engage and exchange on urban sustainability in the context of current global developments worldwide. They jointly looked at how to best advance and accelerate collective action on sustainability through the prism of ICLEI’s five interconnected development pathways: Low emission development, nature-based development, circular development, resilient development, and equitable and people-centered development.

ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022 also offered a wide range of networking opportunities. Participants shared their experiences, stories and good practices on urban sustainability. Together, participants shaped solutions and forged new partnerships that drive sustainable urban development forward.

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Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the City of Malmö signed ‘A Declaration of Cities’ Commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda’, committing to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by approving an integrated and holistic development strategy by 2020 – a Local 2030 Agenda. This ambition will be achieved by integrating the SDGs in the City Council’s goals and as part of the budget process. By integrating the SDGs in the city’s steering and management systems, it will become clear in what way the city operations and activities contribute to a more sustainable city and world.

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Malmö, Sweden: Sustainability in action

ICLEI is proud to have the ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022 hosted and co-designed by the City of Malmö, Sweden. An ICLEI Member since 1996, the City of Malmö is a climate-smart knowledge city, listed as the fourth most innovative in the world by OECD. Malmö is working actively for sustainability initiatives and is the first city in Sweden that has publicly announced the commitment to implement the UN SDGs.

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