The EU is as strong as its cities and neighbourhoods

Helsinki Impact Conference calls together European leaders, experts and academia on cohesive urban policy and urban planning, to share insights on how cities act as global change-makers. Conference takes place at Helsinki Music Centre on 9–10 October 2019.

Cities are the glue that holds the European community together. Globally and locally meaningful solutions to rapid growth, immigration, growing segregation and climate change are created within our cities. The Helsinki Impact Conference gives an extensive insight into the state of European cities as a network of urban change-makers and calls for cities to take leadership in creating a cohesive future for urban Europe and aims to bridge the gap between urban policy and practical urban planning.

During the first day, renowned experts on integration, urban policy and urban planning present their views on the power of co-creating our cities, the meaning of high quality urban environments and the rapid digital transformation reshaping our cities. How are we turning innovation and inspiration into lasting, positive impact in our cities?

Our director Marko Peterlin will be one of the keynote speakers in the morning session on the first day, together with Dr. Joan Clos, Former Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN-Habitat, and Maria Vassilakou, former Deputy Mayor of Vienna.

On the second day, the morning session invites European city leaders to discuss how European cities are achieving common targets set by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Urban Agenda and what are the key priorities for European Cities in the transition to post- 2020 Europe. The afternoon session is about embracing the idea, that cities are our ever-changing user platforms, where power is shared to create valuable solutions and innovations that are owned by our citizens.

The Helsinki Impact Conference is organised by the City of Helsinki as part of the City’s official programme to celebrate Finland’s EU presidency and the city-driven future of the European community. The conference is co-hosted with Eurocities, Metrex, Urban Academy and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland.

You can follow the event also through live stream. Any comments and questions related to the presentations will be transmitted in real time via a shared discussion platform.

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Photo: Riku Pihlanto, (c) City of Helsinki

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