The second EcoMobility World Festival will showcase the future of sustainable urban living in Sandton, CBD of Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city and financial capital, on October 1-31. During the month-long event residents and visitors can enjoy a safe, healthy, low-emission and resource-efficient lifestyle. The CBD of Sandton, often referred to as Africa’s richest square mile, is one of the most congested precincts in Johannesburg. 80,000 cars and over 100,000 people move in and out of Sandton every day. The festival also includes an EcoMobility World Exhibition and a week of high-level dialogues on sustainable transport for the City of the future.
Africa’s first EcoMobility World Festival: Ask your questions LIVE to the Mayor of Johannesburg
The Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Parks Tau, will host an online press conference on 17 September, 1 pm CAT/CEST in Johannesburg, South-Africa. The African Press Organization (APO), ICLEI –Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Johannesburg will host an online press conference on 17 September at 1 pm CAT/CEST on the occasion of the EcoMobility World Festival 2015 the first on the African continent, which will “turn the streets of Sandton inside out.”
Details on the press conference and on how you can register for this free online conference can be found here
The EcoMobility Congress will take a new format and title for its third edition in Johannesburg. The EcoMobility Congress will be called the EcoMobility Dialogues and will be held from the 7 – 9 October 2015, concurrent with the second EcoMobility World Festival.
The EcoMobility Dialogues will attract thought leaders, experts, practitioners, academia and city leaders to discuss specific challenges, obstacles and ways out of the urban mobility crisis cities around the world face. It will form an integral part of the EcoMobility World Festival.
“The EcoMobility Dialogues enable the host city to both promote its mobility initiatives and receive expert feedback from practitioners and city leaders working on implementing ground breaking mobility solutions in various cities”, said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI.
During the Dialogues, attention will be placed on the transport and climate change debate. Supported by expert groups from the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Bridging the Gap (BtG) initiative, the outcomes of these dialogues will form an input for further discussions at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21) to be held on 30 November to 11 December in Paris, France.
The 2nd EcoMobility Congress, held in Suwon in September 2013, attracted over 600 participants of whom 145 hailed from developing countries and from over 50 local governments.
Note to the editors:
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading network of over 1,000 cities, towns and metropolises committed to building a sustainable future. By helping our M embers to make their cities sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over 20% of the global population.
The City of Johannesburg is a long-standing member of ICLEI. One of ICLEI’s key programs is EcoMobility (http://www.ecomobility.org)– travel through socially inclusive and environmentally friendly transport options, integrating walking, cycling and use of public transport.
October 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015
Month long festival
Johannesburg, South Africa
Katrina Borromeo (Communications Officer): firstname.lastname@example.org; Sunny Kodukul (EcoMobility Program Manager): email@example.com