Lecture Theatre 175 (far right corner of old quad opp Blackwells on South Bridge)
Time 18:00 - 20:00
By 2015 Copenhagen aims to become an Ecometropolis with the best urban environment of any capital city in the world. By 2025 it aims to be the world’s first carbon neutral city. To get there, the Danes have taken policy, politics, consultation and involvement far beyond any British or Scottish council publishing regular updates to show current levels of achievement against their 2015 pledges. Copenhagen’s annual green accounts show that by 2015, 90 per cent of Copenhageners should be able to walk to a park, a beach, a natural area or sea swimming pool in less than 15 minutes (now 60 per cent), 80 per cent of cyclists should feel safe cycling on city streets (now 58 per cent) and rubbish on streets should be removed within eight hours (currently 36 hours at times).
How can Copenhagen politicians adopt such challenging and specific policy goals – attainable only if the public “buys-in” and if agencies beyond direct government control drive change? And how did change begin?
Klaus Bondam will explain all. In a varied career Klaus has been a customs agent, computer programmer and acclaimed stage and screen actor. But switching to politics in 2005 he also became Mayor of Copenhagen’s Technical and Environment Administration, devised the ambitious Ecometropolis project and spent the next six years “greening” the city. Today Copenhagen is widely acknowledged to be the international leader in sustainable living, political accountability and green travel. Since 2011 Klaus has been head of the Danish Cultural Institute in Brussels.
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Chaired by journalist and NH Director Lesley Riddoch
As promised, this meeting was recorded in three sections.
In the first section, there are welcomes (5 minutes approx. ) from Jayne Baxter MSP, Humza Yousaf MSP, and Lesley Riddoch. There follows a short presentation (20 minutes approx. ) from Mary Hilson, UCL lecturer and author of ‘Nordic Model’, who outlines the historical background and context for ‘Nordic Cooperation’. Johan Strang, from the Centre for Nordic Studies University of Helsinki and author of the ‘Nordic Communities’ report , presented a wide ranging examination of ‘Nordic Cooperation’ ( 20 minutes approx. )
The second section is a recording of the ‘Question and Answer’ session where the audience gets an opportunity to pose questions, make assertions and generally discuss ‘Nordic Cooperation’. This section lasts for approximately 70 minutes.