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Global Town Hall @ Metropolitan Solutions

ICLEI Global Town Hall at Metropolitan Solutions is the paramount platform for city-business dialogues on innovative and sustainable urban infrastructure solutions, bringing together businesses, local governments, researchers, and developers for five days of face-to-face conversation and information exchange. Metropolitan Solutions is the international trade fair for innovative solutions to urban infrastructure challenges in the key areas of energy, water and waste water systems, green buildings, transportation, smart cities, resource management, safety, and security. As a conference embedded in the tradeshow, the Global Town Hall is a unique arena for businesses and cities to set joint urban agendas and reframe urban issues in a way that allows for effective inter-sectoral and integrated action.

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Networking and site visits

City delegates enjoyed informal networking opportunities at our Global Town Hall Lounge, complemented with custom matchmaking for one-on-one meetings with exhibiting companies. Through site visits to local cities in the area they were able to see innovative examples of sustainable urban infrastructure projects.

Program and Themes

The program of the Global Town Hall Forum covered the following themes over the course of five days from April 7-11, 2014:

  • City-Business Dialogues
  • Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Smart Cities
  • Standardization
  • EcoMobility
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Green Buildings
  • Low Carbon Development
  • Nexus - Integrated Solutions Young Leaders

Session formats

The ICLEI Global Town Hall featured facilitated dialogue in several session formats designed to meet the demands of cities, businesses, and a larger audience of Metropolitan Solutions’ visitors.


Food for Thought: Urban Trends

Infrastructure solutions require long-term decisions for an unforeseeable future. Leading experts provide insights in urban trends to inform businesses and local decision-makers.

Cities on Stage

Local governments from around the globe introduce their strategies and outstanding projects for sustainable urban infrastructures.

Thematic Panels

In thought-provoking debates, local decision makers, business leaders and urban infrastructure experts discuss key issues of ICLEI Global Town Hall themes: Climate Change & Adaptation, Mobility – EcoMobility, Green Building, integrated approaches to address the Urban Nexus and Young Leader engagement.

Green Seat

True urban sustainability is more than just marketing. Local governments, NGOs and scientists challenge daring business leaders with critical questions regarding the sustainability of their company’s products and services.

Solutions Screening

Companies pitch their sustainable urban infrastructure solutions to cities. A panel of experienced local decision makers critically examines their proposals.

Urban Videos

Brief informative video contributions on urban issues and infrastructure projects screened daily. We invite you to propose your video contribution to ICLEI.