For immediate release
22 August 2013
Serving as a melting pot of ideas, the EcoMobility 2013 Suwon congress - 2nd of the EcoMobility congress series, is the perfect platform for exchanging sustainable urban transport solutions and experiencing ecomobile lifestyle in reality.
Bonn, Germany, 12 August 2013. Held from 1-4 September 2013 by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the congress enables international actors, united through mutual interest in sustainable transportation, to come together to share good practices, spark synergies and drive collaboration. This year, the congress is particularly exceptional in its location at the EcoMobility World Festival – a month-long event celebrating innovative urban transportation solutions, where participants can experience an ecomobile lifestyle in real life.
“This year’s congress has the unique context of taking place at the EcoMobility World Festival. The international exchange of expertise, ideas, and visions at the congress will give participants the opportunity to explore EcoMobility through a variety of lenses while inspiring innovation and implementation," said Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General.
Focusing on the transformation of urban spaces to create people-friendly environment that promotes healthy living and improved livability, the congress features four main themes: regeneration of old towns through EcoMobility, people-friendly public spaces, EcoMobility and innovation, as well as institutional and financial solutions. The goal is to allow attending local government officials and mobility experts to come away from the event with a better understanding of transitioning to EcoMobility, and new ideas to apply to their own cities and projects.
Over 50 speakers from cities, expert organizations, leading research institutions and businesses will steer the themes of the program, while more than 200 participants from some 20 countries will attend the Congress, including mayors, government leaders and mobility solutions providers.
Some of the representing cities include Adelaide (Australia), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Odense (Denmark), Johannesburg (South Africa), Bogota (Colombia), Freiburg (Germany), Surakarta (Indonesia), Kyoto (Japan),Changwon (South Korea), Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), Stockholm (Sweden) and Kampala(Uganda).
"I am very excited to be able to participate and contribute to the EcoMobility congress in Suwon, not only because it is being organized by ICLEI's EcoMobility initiative, but because it is being held in Suwon, a city that is at the forefront of sustainable transport, and in South Korea, a country well-known for its progressive policies to improve mobility," said Carlosfelipe Pardo, Director of Despacio - a non-profit organization that conducts research to promote quality of life in all stages of the life cycle.
In addition to informative plenaries and sessions on different urban mobility topics, the congress offers training activities for cities’ decision makers and officials. Targeted workshops focusing on non-motorized transport and the implementation of EcoMobility in specific regions will provide interactive opportunities and concrete examples for participants to learn from and apply to their own work.
On 2 and 3 September, the Leaders’ Round table and the Mayors’ Plenary will see a mix of high-level city officials, experts and mayors from around the world discussing the challenges and success factors in implementing EcoMobility policies, and illuminating synergies among regions, modes and ideas.
As part of the EcoMobility World Festival, the Congress also enables participants to engage in a city-wide social experiment on EcoMobility during the entire month of September, witnessing the transformation of Suwon’s Haenggung-dong neighborhood, while learning the world’s most innovative and sustainable mobility solutions.
Pledging to reduce 40% of the city’s CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, Suwon’s climate protection goal exceeds all national targets across South Korea. Domestically and externally, the city declares itself as the ‘Environmental capital’ – a low-carbon city committed in climate mitigation.