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7th Edition of the October Days - Rethinking Cities: from Smart to Human

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Date de l'événement : jeudi 21 octobre 2021 14:00 - 16:30
Lieu : Online Conference

The 2021 edition of the October Days for Sustainable Development will focus on how to design and develop more resilient and inclusive cities and communities during and after the pandemic by tackling the built and the natural environment.

The pandemic hit cities severely. Impacts on urban population were dramatic and often unequal across the communities. At the same time, cities responded timely to the crisis with great capacity of adaptation and strategic adjustment showing that resilience is an essential attribute for a city to be ‘livable’ and sustainable.
The 7th October Days’ edition will draw on these lessons from the crisis engaging with scholars, entrepreneurs, social and political stakeholders on how to rethink cities in the future.

Featured speakers

  • Moderator Tanya Beckett: Broadcaster, Public speaker, Communications advisor
  • Keynote speech Maimunah Mohd Sharif: Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme Undersecretary-general of the UN
  • Panel 
    • Jette Hopp: Director, Snohetta, Norway
    • Holger Robrecht: Deputy Regional Director for Europe ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
    • Charles-Antoine de Theux de Montjardin: CEO, Heliosmart, Luxembourg
    • Ilona Eklona: Former Director of ESPON EGTC, Former Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia
    • Markus Miessen: Professor of Urban Regeneration / Chair of the City of Esch, Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE), University of Luxembourg

The agenda

  • 14:00 – 14:10 Institutional Welcome
  • 14:10 – 14:40 Keynote Speech by Maimunah Mohd Sharif
  • 14:40 – 16:10 Panel Session by Jette Hopp, Ilona Eklona, Holger Robrecht, Charles-Antoine de Theux
  • 16:10 – 16:25 Concluding Remarks by Markus Miessen


  • Make sure to register before 19 October to attend the virtual conference – it is free and open to everyone.

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