Event Date/Time: Nov 23, 2007 End Date/Time: Nov 26, 2007
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Westminster to host Green Summit

Westminster City Council is to host LivCom - the UN-backed conference for world cities to share ideas about going green.

The five day conference in November will be a brain-storming event on global environmental problems. LivCom (Liveable Communities) is focused on tackling global issues with real action in the community. For example, Westminster will be showing off to other global cities the UK’s first on-street charging points for electric cars.

With the eyes of the world remaining on London following the music festival Live Earth held at Wembley Stadium in July, LivCom will be a platform to engage a world audience on how it is possible to make environmental progress.

Sir Simon Milton, Leader of Westminster Council said:

“It is a great honour for us to host LivCom in London and learn from leading cities across the world who are already implementing innovative projects to tackle green issues and build more sustainable city life.

“Last year we did a survey of 50 cities across the world which showed that there is significant overlap between the challenges they face and their relevant priorities. One of the main areas where these cities felt that their policies are not effective was the environment. LivCom is therefore an opportunity for cities across the world to discuss and share practical solutions

“We are therefore hosting this event in Westminster, not because we think that we have all the answers, but because we want to learn from the best.

“Our 'One City' agenda aims to make Westminster one of the best places to live in the world and we therefore hope that we will also be able to share some of our own leading work on air quality, parks and open spaces and waste management, which are being driven forward through our "Go Green" programme.”

Alan Smith, Chief Executive LivCom said:

“Local communities across the world are increasingly seeking collective improvements to their environment.

“With the event being held in London and following Live Earth, this is an opportunity to show the world how solutions are already being implemented to tackle green issues at a local level.

“We are therefore asking for cities to come forward with their leading projects that are already in place to tackle environmental issues.”


Notes to Editors:
For media requests for further information and interviews please contact Andrew Hadfield on 020 7641 2259 or email ahadfield@westminster.gov.uk

Westminster’s green credentials
In 2006, Westminster’s One City Renewal Programme was a catalyst for improvements in the urban environment with areas seeing new beginnings as a result of infrastructure and streetscape improvements.

The council’s 2007 Go Green strategy reflects the council’s growing focus on enhancing the urban environment with plans to tackle climate change, air quality, recycling, the built environment, biodiversity landscape, water and transport.

Further background details on the conference:

What is it?
LivCom is the leading conference to tackle global environmental issues on a local level. It will bring together over 300 city managers from over 50 international cities to share knowledge and best practice on key green issues.

It is run in partnership with the United Nations Environmental Programme.

Sustainable Communities Summit
This will be held on the 22nd November 2007 and will include speeches as well as highlighting individual cities and projects that have made a real improvement on quality of life.
Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Policy Adviser at the United Nations Environmental Programme will be this year’s keynote speaker at the Summit.

The LivCom Awards
The awards finals (23rd-26th November 2007) has been running for the last 10 years with previous host cities including: Niagara, Washington DC and Stuttgart. For the first time the event will be headed by an International Summit on the 22nd November.

Finalists will present their case studies to international peers - seeding ideas and showcasing practical examples of successful urban management that has built a sense of place and improved quality of life for citizens.

The event closes with the International Awards for Liveable Communities on the final day to reward cities that have demonstrated excellence.

These awards will cover key principles of building sustainable communities:
• Landscape and heritage management
• Local environment
• Community involvement
• Economic growth
• Public health
• Community safety
• Planning for the future

How to get involved
Cities wishing to enter the awards must register by the end of the May and submit their award entry by 31st June.

The Sustainable Communities Summit on the 22nd November will be promoted as a separate event - it is free to attend for all awards finalists.

Registration forms and award details can be found at www.livcomawards.com or by contacting info@livcomawards.com


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