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Newsletter English version n°6 - November 2008

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Club Green and Connected Cities @ ICT2008 – Lyon, 25th-27th November 2008

Within the framework of ICT2008, a major event organised by the European Commission that is taking place in Lyon this year, ACIDD invites you to participate on the 26th November 2008 from 2pm-3:30pm in the workshop that they are steering on the theme: "TIC21: Sharing initiatives from business leaders and local authorities for a green and connected city".

The digital and sustainable development of territories – National conference –10 December 2008 – Paris

In the presence of Michèle PAPPALARDO, General commissioner of sustainable development at MEEDDAT (Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Territories Developement) and of Pierre DARTOUT, Inter-ministerial delegate for the development and competitiveness of territories (DIACT).
The risks that burden our environment are leading to profound changes in all aspects of people’s daily life (environment, mobility, activities, hobbies…) and changing relationships to territories (changes in scale of time and space.)

The new digital services offer credible, efficient and operational responses to the expressed needs in territories. Their deployment should also be the moment to incorporate sustainable development into the heart of territorial politics.

City of Paris: Interview with Magali Vergnet : “The ‘eco-city’ is the greatest stake at hand”

Magali Vergnet is director of the cabinet of François DAGNAUD, deputy to the Mayor of Paris, in charge of the organisation and functioning of the Paris Council, and of cleanliness and of waste management. Invested since long ago in the sustainable development sector, she likewise animates a network of sustainable development activists and last year produced a work entitled “Ville durable, mode d’emploi” (How to go about creating Sustainable Towns). Turning theory into practice, this is an interview with a technician on the ground.

Interview with Charles Secrett: “London has deployed the most ambitious climate plan.”

Charles Secrett worked for a long time alongside the ex-Mayor of London as climate and sustainable development advisor. He worked hard for sustainable mobility and new transport regulations in England’s capital. London is a pioneer in this field.

Education for sustainable development: in what European context?

The goal of the United Nations decade of education for sustainable development (2005-2014, DESD), for which UNESCO is the lead agency, is to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development in all aspects of education and learning. This educational effort will encourage changes in behaviour that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations.
This can be done through four objectives:
– Facilitating the creation of networks, exchange and interaction between the active supporters of ESD
– Promoting a rise in the quality of teaching and learning in ESD
– Helping countries to progressively reach the millenium’s objectives in development
– Giving countries new ways to incorporate ESD in their reform policies