Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)


Practical info


On these pages find out how to apply for a Schengen visa and come to Cologne, Germany where the Conference will be held. Information on the Conference venue and accommodation possibilities can be found from the menus on the side.

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Useful links to explore while planning your trip to Cologne:

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related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.