Wish you could have been there? Or that you could revisit a Keynote Presentation? You can watch all of the Keynote Presentations from the 2019 Ecocity World Summit below:
Presentation by Paul Hawken: Insights into Top Actionable Solutions to Reverse Global Warming
Keynote 1: Sustainable Cities and Lifestyles
World-leading ecological footprint experts pinpoint consumption hotspots and explore the extent to which cities enable citizens to live within ecological limits. Getting serious about sustainability requires understanding the systemic social and economic drivers of our unsustainable situation and what is needed to close the sustainability gap. Starts at 3:00.
- Dr. Jennie Moore, Director of Institute Sustainability at BCIT. Sustainable Consumption in Cities and One-planet lifestyles
- Dr. William E. Rees, Originator of the Ecological Footprint Analysis. Prospects for Cities in the Age of the Anthropocene
- Douglas Ragan, Raising the Ambition of Cities for the New Urban Agenda
- Diego Martino, UNEP GEO-Report on Cities Colin Grant, State of Minnestoa Innovative Carbon Emissions Reporting
Keynote 2: Climate Action for Sustainable and Resilient Cities
The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on global warming has highlighted the urgent need for an unprecedented transition in the way we build and live. Establishing regional networks of ecocities could not be more timely. This session focuses on the ramping up of transformative urban ambition that is essential to create a low-carbon, climate-resilient, safe and equitable world for all.
- Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of Working Group II, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Durban, South Africa. Frontline Report on What is Needed Now
- Kirstin Miller, Executive Director, Ecocity Builders. Pathways to Action: Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals using the Ecocity Framework and Standards
- Mayor Chiri Maharjan, City of Lalitpur, Nepal
- Cathy Oke, Policy and Governance for Accelerating Sustainability in Cities
- Agnes Charlotte Bickart, Metropolis, Spain
Keynote 3: Rethinking the Rules for Better Outcomes
Cities are grappling with the effects of our take-make-waste economy. The implementation of a circular economy supports city leaders and enables them to deliver against their priorities, the SDGs, and climate objectives while setting the stage for long-term prosperity.
- Kate Raworth, Author, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. Defining a Safe Space to Live
- Dr. Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University. Re-imagining Equality, Living within Limits
- Markus Terho, SITRA, Sustainable Households
- Professor Nicolaus Moussiopoulos, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Circular Economy Guidebook for European Communities
- Patricia L McCarney, World Council on City Data, Indicators for Sustainable Cities using ISO 31270
- Sharon Gil, Cities Unit, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Bending the Urban Metabolism: Report from Brussels
Keynote 4: Informal Solutions for Sustainable Development – Urban Redesign to Reduce the Weight of Cities
Informal settlements and informal solutions are not marginal. In some places, they are larger and more impactful than their formal settlement counterparts. In this session, we explore how informal solutions for sustainable development can unlock powerful insights for the future of cities.
- Maarten Hajer, Professor of Urban Futures at Utrecht University & Member of UN International Resource Panel, Urban Redesign to Reduce the Weight of Cities
- Theresa Williamson, Executive Director, Catalytic Communities
- Eliana Sousa Silva, Tide Development Network
- Dr. Richard J Smith, Wayne State University
- Heba Allah Khalil, Cairo University
Keynote 5: The Future of Cities
What does the future hold for successful and sustainable urban development and re-development, with a focus on social, environmental and financial sustainability? From First Nations communities to brownfield revitalization, theme park projects to large mixed-use urban and community developments, whole system solutions are both achievable and accessible.
- Youth Intervention from Xiye Bastida, Otomi-Toltec Nation (Mexico), Fridays for Future City Organizer, on Climate Emergency
- Response from Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability on City Wide Plan
- Veronica Bylicki and appointed Youth Caucus Representative – report out from the Youth Caucas on the Interntaional Ecocity Standards and Call for Action
- Gerben van Straaten, CEO, World of Walas. The Future of Cities, Walking the Walas Way
- Erik Assadourian, World Watch Institute are we culturally ready to shift and how?
- Charlene Aleck, Former Councilor for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) & Spokesperson for the TWN Sacred Trust Initiative
- Ben West, eDemocracy Solutions & Elephant in the Room
- Geoff Cross, Vice President, Planning and Policy, Translink
- Jerry Dobrovolny, outgoing General Manager, Engineering Services at City of Vancouver and incoming Chief Administrative Officer, Metro Vancouver
Closing Remarks and Reports from Rapporteurs
Ecocity World Summit 2019 concludes with a celebration of major themes and milestones and with five major announcements, including the reveal and handing of the baton to the next Ecocity World Summit host. Starts at 8:59.