Climate Cube on the international conference in Malmö

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 13:00 to 17:00

The municipality of Malmö (Sweden) is hosting an international conference on sustainable city development. It will take place between 30 November and 2 December and highlight the global sustainability goals articulated by the UN.

The registration closes on 15 November. Register here!


In 2015 the UN has formulated 17 global sustainability goals thus forming a range of local tools to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These goals include a variety of indicators that need to be ensured to change the world by the scheduled time: quality education, sustainable use of oceans and seas, gender equality and many other factors.

The conference in Malmö focuses on the approach the cities can take towards achieving sustainable development as planned. The agenda of the conference features eleven different tracks that introduce various aspects of sustainability.

In the Baltic Sea Region, three goals outlined by the UN are particularly relevant: #7 Affordable and clean energy, #11 Sustainable cities and communities and #13 Climate action. Based on those, the Union of the Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission together with the Council of the Baltic Sea States and Baltic University Programme will organize the track #11: Climate Cube. This session will take place on 1 December 13:00-17:00 and will explore climate change in the cities of the region.

Climate Cube will focus on climate change mitigation and reduction of emissions from buildings, traffic and services. In this context, the discussion will approach the matter of supporting the cities through international cooperation within regional and macroregional projects. During the dialogue seminar of the track #11, the speakers will introduce work on climate change in the cities of the Baltic Sea Region. Further, the round table discussions will serve as a space for sharing ideas and finding inspiration in exchanged experiences.

Generic information

The Conference offers a programme with eleven different tracks and it will gather politicians and practitioners from local and regional governments, representatives from European and international institutions and multilateral organisations, members of the research community, business leaders and active members of civil society.

Registration is now open!


11th track – Climate Cube (connected to goal 7, 11 and 13)
Date: Thursday 1 December 13.00–17.00 pm

Accelerating climate change is a most urgent challenge for cities today and reduction of GHG emission is necessary. This session will focus on mitigation and how emissions can be reduced from buildings, traffic and services.

An important component will be how international cooperation within the EU project Climate KIC and Baltic Sea region-wide projects promoted by Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS), Union of Baltic Cities (UBC) and Baltic University Programme (BUP) will support local authorities.

Research on mapping of renewable energy resources on the local level proves a series of possibilities for cities to provide for themselves.

Dialogue seminar: Development steps – Climate Change Work in the Baltic Sea Region
Date: Thursday 1 December 13.00–16.00 pm

Opening words by moderator, Baltic University Programme
Europe Climate KIC, Brian Kilkelly, KIC
EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region Horizontal Action Climate, Krista Kampus, CBSS
Limits for renewable energy supply in cities NN, Uppsala University

Round table discussions: Three Round tables on Success factors for Climate work based on the three introductions
Date: Thursday 1 December 16.00–17.00 pm

Tentative results: A good picture about the Climate change work and progress in the Baltic Sea Region, on national level and local level. Recognized success factors for the climate change work on transition into carbon free societies. Inspiration and potentially similar city cases to liaise with.

Call for cities: We are inviting 4 cities to join in the Dialogue seminar to present their excellence in climate change. Are you interested? Please contact the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Secretariat:

Björn Grönholm
Head of Secretariat
Mobile: +358 449075987
Email: bjorn.gronholm(a)
UBC Secretariat of Sustainable Cities Commission
Baltic Sea House
Vanha Suurtori 7
FIN-20500 TURKU, Finland

Please read more here.

For more information about the Climate Cube and Dialogue Seminar please contact:

Lars Rydén
The Baltic University Programme
Geocentre, Uppsala University
Villvägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
Phone: +46 18 471 18 38
Cell phone +46 70 426 88 32

Malmö Stad
20580 Malmö