2nd Collingwood World Summit to be held virtually on October 7th & 8th 2021 in Collingwood on occasion of the UN World Habitat Day

September 3, 2021
2nd Collingwood World Summit

The Urban Economy Forum (UEF), in partnership with UN-Habitat and the Town of Collingwood, is proud to host the 2nd Collingwood World Summit: Habitat in Towns on October 7th and 8th, 2021 in conjunction with World Habitat Day.  The year’s Summit is organized around 4 themes with the overarching emphasis on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular SDG 11 (sustainable communities and cities) at the scale of towns and small cities. We are delighted to have Dr. Eduardo Moreno, Head of Knowledge and Innovation of UN-Habitat, as the Honourary Chair.
 
The Summit, in the context of towns, small and secondary cities will focus on housing and sustainable development, climate action and environmental protection, urban assessment, benchmarking progress towards the SDGs, stakeholder participation and good governance. Thus the Collingwood Summit aims to advocate and advance the role of small cities and towns as major drivers of regional and national sustainability.
 
UEF’s mission is to work alongside local authorities and organizations worldwide to promote and enhance the achievement of the urban SDG by sharing practical solutions and innovative approaches on sustainable urban development globally.
 
The first Collingwood Summit was held virtually on September 1st and 2nd, 2020. The event was a great success with over 80 speakers representing, mayors, planners, developers, academics and finance experts from across the globe. The Summit brought participants from nearly 300 cities across 50 countries to begin the dialogue and exchange of ideas on sustainable development through the lens of towns and small cities (less than 300,000 in population). For more information and the speakers series please visit our website at Habitat in Towns 2020.
 
The second Collingwood World Summit  will continue to bring together the expertise and knowledge from leading institutions and individuals around the world and emphasize the urgency for international action and the need to pursue the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development in Towns.
 
We welcome all town leaders, councillors,  practitioners, academics, the private sector and civil society to join us in this important ongoing dialogue. Please visit our website for more information on the 2nd Collingwood World Summit and to Register for this exciting event.

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About Collingwood

The Town of Collingwood is a progressive community located in the heart of a four-season recreation area on the southern shore of Georgian Bay. The area is well known for its many natural amenities and its rich heritage. Collingwood is a destination for tourism and many business, sporting and cultural events Collingwood acts as gateway to the South Georgian Bay region, with stunning landscapes that encourage an active lifestyle, and inspire the local arts and culture community.  Downtown Collingwood might just surprise you with 30 plus restaurants, 60 plus boutique shops, spas for relaxing, live music for grooving…all in the only downtown core recognized in Canada’s Registrar of Historic Places!  More recently, the harbourfront area is emerging as an extension to the downtown district.  Plans for expanding the amenities and events in the harbourfront area promise to make this a much more prominent tourism destination.