More than 500 contributions received from 48 different countries

Based on 5 main themes and 4 challenges, the programme constitutes a roadmap for transition towards a sustainable city:

Five main themes: the key issues of the sustainable city

  Reducing the ecological footprint : water, air, soil, waste, biodiversity,

  Addressing the energy challenges of the city: how to decarbonize, reduce consumption and manage the transition,

  Strengthening solidarity: solidarity among cities, neighbourhoods and individuals,

  Organizing the sustainable city: mobility, urban development, decision-making and planning,

  Mobilizing enabling factors: a prerequisite for transition in a social, political, cultural and economic context.


Four challenges: questions to be addressed with each theme.

THINKING: How can we get out of a silo approach ? How can we address gobal and local concerns? How can we consider the transition? How do we balance the short term and with the long term?

SHAPING: How can we implement solutions applicable to all cities, beyond testimonials ? How to speed up deployment in a context of crisis ?

FINANCING: How can we finance the transition when funding is insufficient? What economic models and financial instruments can cities with a zero-environmental footprint expect?

GOVERNING: How to combine the public and private sectors? How to manage the multi-layered territorial organization ? Above all, how can we achieve greater civic involvement? With what regulations?


Special sessions will also be organized in association with partners such as UN Habitat, UNEP, ADEME...



Because of the voluntary systemic approach and cross disciplinary plurality, thematic tours will be proposed to facilitate the choices of delegates and visitors when attending ECOCITY 2013.

The Pilot Committee has mobilized all the city stakeholders at local, national and international levels, with a collaborative, iterative and innovative approach.

The contributors were invited to join forces around their projects in order to «co-build » the response to the challenges. The working group reviewed more than 550 contributions from some 50 countries including the United States, Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, China, Morocco, Germany, Australia, Japan and France...

The contributions that were selected form the base of the working sessions.

Designed, organized and finalized with the help of experts of various backgrounds, the programme features a selection of 100 working sessions during the 3-day summit.



Guests of honour and world authorities in the field of urban sustainability will be present at Ecocity: politicians, mayors of large cities, researchers and associative players
Have confirmed: Janez Potočnik, Rob Hopkins, Jean Jouzel, Patrick Viveret, Cécile Duflot, Joan Clos, David Cadman, Tristram Stuart, Josep Roig, Anna Somers Cocks OBE, FSA...

The programme's session  includes 5  keynote conferences:

Phoenix cities: how to manage the transition?

The sustainable city economic model

Cities and global environmental governance

Soil, endangered common good

Ecocity Builders Conference



Similar to an agora, the Global Village is a large-scale «workshop » designed to facilitate meetings among delegates.
The meetings will be conducted either by the contributors or by the working group members. The Global Village is made of 4 complementary sections:

TV studio: theme-based round-tables will form part of the annex programme. Also, interviews and discussions will be organized during the ECOCITY TV news programme scheduled between 12.00 and 14.00 each day.

Theater: This theater-style area is ideal for presentations (for example, on tools or methodology), also shown in the annex programme. Other sessions may be arranged at the participants’ request.

Knowledge Corner: the spot where contributors are given a short speaking-time to present their contribution, with a poster or a video. The lounge area will enable speakers to continue the discussions in a friendly manner.

Poster gallery: a friendly setting in a busy area where participants will be able to exchange on the speakers’ contributions.