ECOCITY, the World Summit on sustainable cities

Following on from Montreal, Istanbul, San Francisco, Bangalore, Shenzhen, Curitiba, Dakar, Adelaide and Berkeley, it will be the first edition to be held in the European Union. ECOCITY is the cross-disciplinary World Summit on Sustainable Cities supported by the NGO Ecocity Builders. The concept was originally designed to: 

  • Facilitate exchanges among local, regional and governmental decision-makers, researchers and the civil society,

  • Bring together all the different disciplines on sustainable cities,

  • Offer equal treatment to all speakers,

  • Enable citizens to play a role.

This 10th edition positions «the city as a vital area of work to grapple with the global sustainability issues».

One year after Rio + 20, ECOCITY 2013 must be a platform to accelerate the transition on a global scale, in partnership with the United Nations.  Ambitious goals have been set for the event:

  • A crucial political moment worldwide,

  • Mobilization of all the driving forces,

  • Emergence of large-scale solutions,

  • A change in the rules governing the city,

  • An action-driven schedule.

ECOCITY 2013 will be a unique opportunity to organize dialogue between the bearers of a European urban development model and their counterparts in other continents. 


ECOCITY 2013 format

Ecocity, the World Summit on Sustainable Cities, will be held from 25 to 27 September 2013. It will be followed by the Summit of the Mexico City Pact Signatories on Saturday 28 September. The two events are very complementary.
ECOCITY will take shape over the 3 days with the Summit and the Exhibition designed as «the ideal place to showcase solutions for sustainable cities» and innovation.  
A new approach, around a collaborative work, will make it possible for all the contributors to co-build the programme.

The Summit will propose various types of meetings and exchanges:

  • Plenary sessions,
  • Keynote session
  • Theatre-style room
  • workshop
  • round tables
  • Vico demonstration
  • Global village
  • Solutions exhibition and B to B meeting

Because of the voluntary systemic approach and cross-disciplinary plurality, it will be essential to propose a thematic tour to facilitate the choices of delegates and visitors when attending ECOCITY 2013.

A project built jointly with all the international networks of sustainable city players.

The Nantes Métropole political ambition is to make ECOCITY 2013 the collective place and moment to build a common culture among all sustainable city players. The project governance is organized around this task: