ICLEI World Congress 2021 - 2022

Join us at The Malmö Summit, 11-13 May 2022, in Malmö Sweden!

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The ICLEI World Congress 2021 - 2022 is now a year-long experience, hosted by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Malmö, Sweden

ICLEI’s triennial gathering offers multiple opportunities to connect throughout 2021 – 2022.

On 13-15 April 2021, we connected online for the Virtual Launch of the ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022. An all digital experience kicked off the event including high-level discussions on how local and regional governments can continue to advance on sustainable development together with ICLEI.  

Throughout the rest of 2021, we continue exploring critical topics in sustainable urban development in a virtual event series, The Road to Malmö, building our momentum to 2022.

We will then gather in person in Malmö, Sweden, for The Malmö Summit, on 11-13 May 2022 to exchange with and inspire one another on the best practices in local sustainable development, and learn firsthand from the City of Malmö’s wealth of sustainability initiatives. 


Welcome by Malmö Mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh

At the ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022 in Malmö, Sweden, local governments and partners will have an incredible chance to learn, connect, and exchange experiences.

Together we can take the next step towards a sustainable future!

Advancing and accelerating the sustainable transition

The ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022 will offer sessions and workshops that will enable participants to explore, engage and exchange on urban sustainability in the context of current global developments worldwide. They will jointly look at how to best advance and accelerate collective action on sustainability through the prism of ICLEI’s five interconnected development pathways: Low emission development, nature-based development, circular development, resilient development, and equitable and people-centered development.

ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022 will also offer a wide range of networking opportunities. Participants will share their experiences, stories and good practices on urban sustainability. Together, participants will shape solutions and forge new partnerships that drive sustainable urban development forward.

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Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the City of Malmö signed ‘A Declaration of Cities’ Commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda’, committing to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by approving an integrated and holistic development strategy by 2020 – a Local 2030 Agenda. This ambition will be achieved by integrating the SDGs in the City Council’s goals and as part of the budget process. By integrating the SDGs in the city’s steering and management systems, it will become clear in what way the city operations and activities contribute to a more sustainable city and world.

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Social Malmö

When we finally get to meet in person, the social parts of the program become extra important.

Meet new and old acquaintances during the congress’  “Swedish fika”, connect at the gala dinner over locally grown, organic food. Experience Malmö’s diverse music. Feel right at home at the  ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022 and be inspired from exchanges, learnings, and contacts that’ll help you contribute to a more sustainable world.

Malmö, Sweden: Sustainability in action

ICLEI is proud to have the ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022 hosted and co-designed by the City of Malmö, Sweden. An ICLEI Member since 1996, the City of Malmö is a climate-smart knowledge city, listed as the fourth most innovative in the world by OECD. Malmö is working actively for sustainability initiatives and is the first city in Sweden that has publicly announced the commitment to implement the UN SDGs.

Learn about Sustainable Malmö

Wondering what World Congress 2021-2022 has in store for you as an attendee? Be sure not to miss one of the highlights, a mobile workshop series, organised by the City of Malmö itself.

At total for 13 workshops, spanning sustainability topics from urban food systems to neighbourhood regeneration and energy transformations await. The workshops include getting out and about in Malmö and seeing first hand how sustainability measures are being implemented.

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