Partnerships and Financing for an Inclusive City

Copenhagen Metro

Registration is now open!


WHERE: City & Port, Copenhagen, Denmark

WHEN: 7 - 8 October, 2019

Urbanisation is a driving force in the world today, leading some scholars to have coined this the "Urban Age." The United Nations (2016) predicts that by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, and the European Commission (2016) states that “cities are home to the greatest challenges we are now facing: finding affordable housing, quality health care, fighting […] social exclusion and poverty.” Cities are both the drivers and saviours of economic, social and environmental challenges across the world.

Do you work on making European and U.S. American cities thrive? Are you interested in learning how you can adapt best practice solutions from other cities to your local context? Join us in Copenhagen at a conference hosted by Copenhagen City & Port Development, City Facilitators, ICLEI Europe, and Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University, with support from Realdania and BLOXHUB. The conference will present best practice sustainability projects, with a focus on partnerships and financing for urban sustainability solutions, in order to explore how cities can, and are, financing and delivering solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges.

The 2019 Partnerships and Financing for an Inclusive City Conference

This conference presents several best practice solutions to prompt discussion around how to deliver and finance urban sustainability projects. It culminates in a session on how to replicate solutions in other contexts, both in various European contexts, as well as in the United States.

Cities in Europe and across the U.S. have evolved along two distinct paths: 1) urban deindustrialisation and population decline, or 2) economic growth and population growth. Cities that have experienced urban decline will be interested in understanding how Copenhagen (Denmark) and Hamburg (Germany) used partnership models to evolve over the last two decades. In Copenhagen's case, this has meant growing from a city with double-digit unemployment and massive annual deficits to one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Cities that have experienced extensive gentrification will be interested in understanding how Denmark provides affordable and social housing for 20% of its population, and how development in Copenhagen, with City & Port at its helm, financed the city-wide metro system with limited public money. And, cities of both kinds will find sessions on re-naturing cities highly relevant.

Conference sessions will address topics such as:

  • Large-scale infrastructure financing through partnerships, examining the City & Port model
  • Financing the inclusive city, including diverse housing options, illustrated by the Danish model of affordable and social housing
  • Financing the re-naturing of cities

To view a preliminary event programme, click here.

Attendance is free of charge, places are limited.

In case of questions, please contact Charlotte Ipsen at


Accommodation and practical information

Two hotels in Copenhagen have agreed to provide a discount to conference participants for stays from 7-8 October. When booking your accomodation at Hotel Astoria or Hotel Avenue, please use the online discount code: CPHOCT. The discount code is valid as long as there are available rooms, and until 6 October 2019.

For guidance on getting to and from Copenhagen, please click here. Visit Copenhagen also has a useful guide for transit within the city.


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