The Malmö Summit

We gathered in person in Malmö, Sweden on 11-13 May 2022!

The ICLEI World Congress 2021 - 2022: The Malmö Summit

Building on the momentum of 2021, we 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. Malmö is a leading example of creative and innovative sustainable development.


The ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022: The Malmö Summit had three days of core programming for participants, featuring strategic high-level dialogues building on themes explored in 2021, as well as exciting technical visits, in-depth workshops and multiple networking opportunities especially suited for in-person participation.

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Mobile workshops: Bringing sustainability to life

Wondering what World Congress 2021-2022 had in store for you as an attendee? The mobile workshop series was one of the highlights, organized by the City of Malmö itself.

13 workshops, spanning sustainability topics from urban food systems to neighborhood regeneration and energy transformations await. The workshops included getting out and about in Malmö and seeing firsthand how sustainability measures are being implemented.

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Research Symposium

This Research Symposium, the 6th in ICLEI’s 32-year history brought together leading urban sustainability researchers, innovators, and city leaders from across the globe. Due to the significance of research-informed discussion and policymaking, reiterated on recent global stages such as the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), it was our most ambitious ICLEI research symposium to date.

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You can also check the photo album from the event.

The Malmö Summit: A Sustainable Event

Sustainability was at the core of The Malmö Summit. ICLEI and City of Malmö are committed to minimizing the negative environmental impact of the event as well as increasing our positive social impact in the community.

The congress was environmentally certified according to the Swedish Environmental Base Standard (“Svensk Miljöbas”). But we also encouraged the attendees to help us by acting sustainably on a personal level. Together we made this event both memorable and sustainable.

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The Malmö Summit: A Equitable Event

The equity policy of the Malmö Summit surpassed Sweden’s anti-discrimination law, aiming to ensure that all persons regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), social status, physical appearance or body size, have the same opportunity to participate in and to have an overall good quality experience at the Malmö Summit.

All participants were encouraged to foster a safe, healthy, and pleasant environment for all.

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Mayors, Commissioners and Local Goverments representatives had ideas to share

Climate Justice Through Youth Engagement




16 students from the Lund University, Malmö University, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences participated in all the sessions and talked to many participants from all over the world about their vision of a sustainable city.

Read their report