Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Swedish urban development on show

STOCKHOLM. Decision makers from cities all over the world and representatives of the international property business got a taste of modern Swedish urban development at the important trade show MIPIM in Cannes today.
Stockholm is using its present status as European Green Capital 2010 to market itself as a global role model for sustainable urban development. A delegation lead by Mayor Sten Nordin headed for the French Riviera to tell the world about it.
“We would like to act as a role model to inspire other cities. We have long a reputation as one of the cleanest cities in the world”, said Mayor Nordin (right) in a keynote address in Cannes Wednesday morning.
“The environmental work is important not only for our own citizens, but also as a way to share best practices with others. The exchange of ideas is essential.”
Mayor Nordin informed the audience about Stockholm’s planned way to become a CO2-free city by 2050 and ideas for the future in the city’s Vision 2030-document. He also presented the plan for Stockholm Royal Seaport, the city’s new showcase urban development that is already gaining international attention.
Later in the day the Swedish Trade Council, through its marketing project SymbioCity, hosted a presentation of sustainable urban development in the three Swedish cities Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.
The Swedes had also invited Hamburg to be part of the program, a show of cooperation between the two first European Green Capitals – Stockholm (2010) and Hamburg (2011).

Photo of Sten Nordin: © Peter Knutson