Cities and Regions send us their local sustainability issues, from there we create a dedicated program to present  innovative and relevant solutions to Mayors and other Representatives for them to solve local issues. 

→ Come and share what your city and region is implementing
→ Connect with entrepreneurs working on sustainable territories
→ Get inspired by other cities and regions
→ Get on track with your local objectives





Solutions presented to Mayors and City Representatives meet specific criteria. Our partnership with the European Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy  is strategic to help develop solutions to major climate challenges. Cities are home to the majority of the world's population. It is within this environment that the innovative solutions needed for a sustainable world must be developed. ChangeNOW is the place to make it happen!

"Cities have always been at the forefront of change. They have always paved the way for future progress.
That makes them today decisive actors in the ecological and energy transition.
But we can only operate this revolution - political, social, cultural - with the citizens, not just for them."

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris



8h30 – 9h30 Welcome coffee for the members of the delegation and networking
9h30 – 12h30 Possibility to join any of the following sessions:
  • Urban biodiversity, how to integrate “the living” into our cities
  • Sustainable Smart Cities, what type of data makes cities more sustainable
  • Construction materials and buildings, how to design buildings, and with which innovative materials, to decrease the carbon footprint of housing
  • Mobility, which solutions can help replace the use of individual cars
  • Women action and impact, women dedicated to build positive impact solutions
  • Climathon Global Awards Ceremony organized by EIT Climate-KIC
12h30 – 14h30 Private Lunch and political debate Organized in partnership with FMDVMayors will exchange and debate on the context and the solutions of developing new financing strategies for their cities: which innovative models and instrument cities have been successfully tested to attract additional capital to drive sustainable public policies? How can cities mobilize their citizens to contribute to finance local development apart from the usual taxes and tariffs?
14h30 – 15h30 Guided Tour at the World Expo of innovations for the planet Focused on each City/Region local issues
15h30 – 16h30 One-on-One & Bilateral meetings
16h30 – 18h00

Meeting the best innovations workshop

During this workshop City and Region representatives will have the opportunity to meet with innovative entrepreneurs and work together towards building sustainable and resilient cities.

Workshops between City Representatives, leading innovators and relevant international organizations

In 2018, Marieke van Doorninck, Deputy Major of Amsterdam, and Alexandre Guilly, from Les Alchimistes, met during a Workshop and started working together to bring a solution to compost food waste in Amsterdam.

Conferences for elected representatives to take the floor and share their approach

Filipe Araujo, Vice-President, Vice-mayor and City Councilor from the City of Porto, presented the actions Porto is implementing to lead by example.

Ceremonies to put Cities in the spotlight and for elected representatives to share their commitments and achievements.

In 2018, Marieke van Doorninck, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, announced the city would reduce their CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 in the frame of the Covenant of Mayors.

Eusebiu Veteleanu, Vicemayor of Ramnicu Valcea, worked on an ambitious plan to reduce their emissions.

Guided tours at the Hall of Solutions

City Representatives have the opportunity to meet directly with entrepreneurs that address their local issues. During this tour they can imagine what future cities will look like.

Networking times

One-on-one meetings, bilateral meetings, breakfast, cocktail... specifically organized to boost the cooperation between actors working to build sustainable cities.