On Thursday, 2nd September, at the state capital's Town Hall, the Mayor of Stuttgart, Dr. Frank Nopper, and Gerald Babel‐Sutter, CEO of the UFGC GmbH, signed the agreement for Stuttgart to host the 2023 Urban Future Conference. The application process was accompanied throughout by the Stuttgart Convention Bureau.
The Urban Future is one of the most important and largest international conference events on the subject of urban transformation and development, with particular emphasis on the fields of sustainability and climate protection. Staged by the UFGC GmbH, it is held annually in alternating cities. The main themes of the Urban Future Conference include energy, housing, mobility, water, recycling economy and urban society.
The last conference took place in 2019 in Oslo, Norway, and was attended by around 2,600 participants from more than 60 different countries. The Swedish city of Helsingborg has been chosen to host the 2022 conference.
Stuttgart: a cosmopolitan, economically strong, future-oriented metropolis
Stuttgart's Mayor, Dr. Nopper, said on the occasion of the signing of the agreement: "I am delighted that our city is to host the Urban Future in 2023. In addition to the exchange of ideas with guests from home and abroad, this major event is an outstanding opportunity to present Stuttgart as a cosmopolitan, economically strong and future-oriented metropolis. At the same time we can also show how innovatively we are tackling the key issues of urban transformation in our city and the surrounding region."
Gerald Babel‐Sutter stated: "With the state capital of Stuttgart we have found a strong cooperation partner for our 2023 conference, and we are very much looking forward to the coming collaboration. Together we will orchestrate an inspiring and innovative event that will address the main issues of sustainable urban development. Towns and cities have an important pioneering role to play in achieving better climate protection and sustainability – another reason why the exchanges and discussions at the Urban Future 2023 in Stuttgart will not only be stimulating, but will also shape the future."
The Urban Future Conference will be held from 21stto 23rdJune 2023 in Stuttgart. There will be a diverse supporting programme with a wide range of topics relating to sustainable urban transformation. Conference partners already include well-known companies and institutions from the city and the surrounding region, such as the Daimler AG, the MHP GmbH and the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council). The Department of Strategic Planning and Sustainable Mobility is responsible for the coordination of the event on the part of the city, within the portfolio of the Mayor of Stuttgart.
Further information is available online under www.urban‐future.org.
The Stuttgart Convention Bureau (SCB) represents the meeting destination Stuttgart Region with its c. 200 venues, conference hotels and special locations. The Bureau is the central local partner for meeting and event planners. It offers impartial and free services to support the planning and organizing of meetings, congresses and events including venues, fringe programmes, hotel accommodation and mobility and local expertise. The SCB’s strategic partners are: the ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart/Messe Stuttgart (Trade Fair Centre), the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre, Stuttgart Airport, WRS (Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation), congress centres in the Stuttgart Region and the local hospitality sector.
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