ICLEI World Congress 2021-2022

A two-part event taking place in 2021 and 2022, hosted by Malmö, Sweden

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The ICLEI World Congress 2021–2022 is now a two-part event

ICLEI’s triennial gathering will now have two opportunities to connect.


On 13 – 15 April 2021, we will convene virtually for high-level discussions on the strategic direction of the ICLEI Network and the contribution of local and regional governments to the UN Decade of Action. Then, in the second quarter of 2022, we will convene in person in Malmö, so far as the global health crisis permits, to actively inspire and exchange with one another on the best practices in local sustainable development, and learning first-hand from the wealth of sustainability initiatives that the City of Malmö has implemented and continues to develop.


Welcome by Malmö Mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh

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

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

Advancing and accelerating the sustainable transition

The ICLEI World Congress 2021-2022 will offer sessions and workshops that will enable participants to explore, engage and exchange on urban sustainability in the context of current global developments worldwide. They will jointly look 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 will also offer a wide range of networking opportunities. Participants will share their experiences, stories and good practices on urban sustainability. Together, participants will shape solutions and forge new partnerships that drive sustainable urban development forward.

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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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