Governing and Financing the Sustainable City

Copenhagen Metro

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WHERE: City & Port, Copenhagen, Denmark

WHEN: 7 - 8 October, 2019

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Urbanisation is a driving force in the world today, leading some scholars to have coined this the "Urban Age." The United Nations (2016) predicts that by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, and the European Commission (2016) states that “cities are home to the greatest challenges we are now facing: finding affordable housing, quality health care, fighting […] social exclusion and poverty.” Cities are both the drivers and saviours of economic, social and environmental challenges across the world.

Join us in Copenhagen at a conference hosted by Copenhagen City & Port Development, Copenhagen Business School, City Facilitators, and ICLEI Europe. The conference will present Nordic sustainability projects in order to explore how cities can, and are, financing and delivering solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges.

The 2019 Governing and Financing the Sustainable City Conference

This conference presents several Nordic city solutions to prompt discussion around how to deliver and finance urban sustainability projects.
This is highly relevant, because:

  • Nordic cities are some of the most prosperous in the world
  • Nordic cities achieve inclusive growth by encompassing more diverse populations
  • Nordic cities provide healthier environments through urban greening, human mobility and low levels of air pollution
  • Sharing successful approaches, innovative models and transferable good practices across borders inspires leaders to achieve their sustainability goals

Cities in Europe and across the U.S. have evolved along two distinct paths: 1) urban deindustrialisation and population decline, or 2) economic growth and population growth. Cities that have experienced urban decline will be interested in understanding how Copenhagen evolved over the last two decades from a city with double-digit unemployment and massive annual deficits to one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Cities that have experienced extensive gentrification will be interested in understanding how Denmark provides affordable and social housing for 20% of its population, and how development in Copenhagen, with City & Port at its helm, financed the city-wide metro system with limited public money.

Conference sessions will address topics such as:

  • Large-scale infrastructure financing
  • Financing the inclusive city, including diverse housing options
  • Financing the re-naturing of cities
  • Devolution of power to the local government level
  • The City & Port model

To view a preliminary event programme, click here. In case of questions, please contact Charlotte Ipsen at

Attendance is free of charge.


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