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)



Since the conference will be organized as an online event, here are few guidelines:
  • each presenter will prepare a 15minute long video presentation
  • presentations will be split into "virtual sessions" with accompanying "virtual chairs"
  • all presentations will be available for viewing to all registered participants of the conference
  • all presentations will have an option for adding comments/questions from participants
  • "virtual chairs" will have the task to start the Q&A for each presentation in his/her session
  • all presenters and chairs will receive certificates for their tasks (attendance, presentation and chairing certificate) after the conference

Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.