September 26, 2017

Sustainable Cities - Preconditions to Implement the 2030 Agenda

Lecture and discussion with Klaus Töpfer

September 26, 2017 6:30 PM  

As part of the alumni symposium “Reflecting the Role of Urban Change Agents” in the context of the Arab-German Master’s Program “Integrated Urbanism & Sustainable Design”.

With the 2030 Agenda, the global community has set ambitious targets for sustainable development. In terms of the implementation of this agenda, the role of cities will become increasingly important. By the end of the century, 75% of the world’s population will live in cities. If the demographic projections of the United Nations are accurate, this will involve approximately 11 billion people. Already, the world’s cities are responsible for around 70% of all greenhouse gas emissions. But, how will the future look like? How can the global population enjoy a dignified and prosperous life, and yet create a sustainable world for future generations?

Ensuring sustainable development demands an enormous effort from cities and urban change agents. It is of paramount importance that knowledge, energy and resources are used as intelligently and responsibly as possible. Which strategies are most promising and what can the global community learn from each other?

Klaus Töpfer, the former Environment Minister and Executive Director of the UN Environmental Protection Program, who has been granted membership to the “Kyoto Earth Hall of Fame” in 2012, will be seeking to answer these questions. Thanks to his experiences and insights we are looking forward to a realistic perspective about the transformative power of cities.


6.30pm | Welcome
Peter Pätzold, Mayor responsible for Urban Planning and the Environment in the State Capital Stuttgart
Prof. Dr. Sengab Abdelnasser, Vice President at the Ain Shams University Cairo 
Prof. Dr. Cathleen Kantner, Vice Rector for Teaching and Continuing Education at the University of Stuttgart

6.45pm | Lecture
Sustainable Cities – Preconditions to Implement the 2030 Agenda 
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus Töpfer, former Environment Minister, former Executive Director of the UN Environmental Protection Program UNEP

7.30pm | Discussion
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley, Head of the Institute of Urban Planning at the University Stuttgart

Please register by the 19.9.2017: 

Marktplatz 1
70173  Stuttgart