Green City Accord – Online workshop with cities in the Baltic states

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 14:00 to 16:00

Has your city already signed the Green City Accord (GCA)? Join other UBC Members that have – learn more at the online workshop on the Green City Accord for cities in the Baltic states on 5 May 2021 at 14.00-16.00 CEST (15.00-17.00 EEST).

Register to the workshop.

What is the Green City Accord?

Launched in October 2020, the Green City Accord is a European Commission initiative to encourage city authorities to take further action to make their cities cleaner and healthier, and thereby improve the quality of life for their citizens. By joining the Accord, cities commit to addressing five areas of environmental management: improving air and water quality, conserving and enhancing urban biodiversity, advancing towards the circular economy and improving the management of waste, and reducing noise pollution.

The Green City Accord is open to any city located in the EU with a population of at least 20 000 inhabitants.

Objective of this workshop

This workshop will introduce the Green City Accord to cities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and allow participants to ask questions about the initiative. Representatives of cities that have already joined the Green City Accord – Tallinn, Turku, Lappeenranta –  will present their perspectives on the initiative and their plans for implementing their Green City Accord commitments.

Interpretation in Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian will be provided.

Green City Accord banner

Event Agenda

14:00 – 14:05 Introduction by Sebastian Marx, Eurocities

14:05 – 14:15 Opening message by the European Commission
(outlining the context for the GCA and links to the broader policy framework)

14:15 – 15:00 Presentation of the GCA in two steps

  • Part I will cover: scope and aims of the initiative; commitments signatories undertake, benefits of joining, process for joining, supporters – Natalia Altman, Eurocities
  • Part II will cover the monitoring framework – Patrycja Dlugosz-Stroetges, ICLEI

15:00 – 15:10 Grab a coffee while you watch the GCA video

15:10 – 15:30 Presentations by cities that have already signed the Accord:

  • Krista Kampus, Head of Development and International Cooperation Department, City of Tallinn
  • Ilkka Räsänen, Environmental Director, City of Lappeenranta
  • Olli-Pekka Mäki, Turku’s Environment Protection Director, City of Turku

15:30 – 16:00 Q&A with participants