Register now to the XIV UBC General Conference 24–27 October 2017

The XIV Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) General Conference will be held in Växjö, Sweden, on 24–27 October 2017. The theme of the General Conference is "Leadership for the future – Cities as leaders for glocal sustainable development". The conference is also the 25th Anniversary session of the UBC, founded in 1991 in Gdańsk. Registration to the XIV UBC General Conference is open at until 1 October.

Watch a one-minute movie welcoming you to Växjö, named by the Europeand Commissions as the greenest city in Europe.

The General Conference hosts top-level speakers across the Baltic Sea Region, such as Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions, Lena Ek, Senior Advisor in Sustainable Seas Foundation and Former Minister of Environment in Sweden, Peter Schenk, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, Bernd Hemingway, Deputy Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Alessandro Cenderello, Managing Partner for EU Institutions in Ernst & Young, and Shirin Reuvers, Cities Manager at CDP.

As speakers and panellists, esteemed Mayors and other representatives from UBC member cities will take part in the discussions on leadership and the future of the Baltic Sea Region. Keynote speakers include Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, Jørgen Kristiansen, Deputy Mayor of Kristiansand, Gunars Ansins, Deputy Mayor of Liepaja, Wolfgang Röttgers, Councillor in the City of Kiel, Rasa Šnapštienė, Deputy Mayor of Kaunas, Carina Svensson, Chair of Environmental Board in Malmö, and Jyrki Myllyvirta, Mayor of Lahti.

Call for leadership and unity accross Europe

In the face of the fundamental challenges that Europe has to encounter today, such as the rise of populism and nationalism, the UBC General Conference will emphasize the Baltic Sea Region cities’ attachment to the European values of freedom, democracy, tripartite separation of powers, equality, tolerance, and diversity. The UBC General Conference will also feature a strong involvement of around 70 youth representatives from the Baltic Sea Region.

– We live in challenging times, which require that cities stand up and show leadership. The UBC General Conference in Växjö, celebrating the UBC’s 25th Anniversary and achievements, is the natural forum to seek effective solutions to common challenges, such as climate, jobs, growth, integration and security, states President of the UBC Per Bødker Andersen.

The host city Växjö is a strong regional centre with a growth rate comparable to Sweden’s major cities and a renowned environmental policy.

– Växjö is honored to host the XIV UBC General Conference. Mayors and local leaders are part of the solution for an open and sustainable Baltic Sea Region, and we as leaders must use our local power for a positive development of the entire region. Our mission goes beyond our city borders, emphasizes Lord Mayor of Växjö Bo Frank.

Expected amount of participants in the conference is up to 300 from all Baltic Sea Region countries. The statutory General Assembly of the UBC will take place during the conference on 26 October 2017.

UBC Youth Conference focuses on young people’s role in decision-making and shaping our common future

One of the UBC’s special emphasises has for years been youth participation. UBC Youth Conference will be organised simultaneously with the UBC General Conference. Around 70 young people from the whole Baltic Sea Region will engage in solving questions and issues affecting the Baltic Sea region and present their work and ideas in the General Conference.

The aim is to include the youth – our future leaders – in decision-making and implementation. In addition, the purpose of the UBC Youth Conference is to bring young people from around the region together to network and to share ideas and experiences.
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