Join a Special Event at SRI/SSD2024: Sustainable Cities Discussion Forum & Reception

The City of Helsinki will host a forum focused on urban sustainability followed by a reception on 13 June.

The Sustainable Cities Discussion Forum convenes individuals with a keen interest in urban sustainability to engage in meaningful conversations surrounding cities’ sustainability goals and the transformation of these ambitions into tangible actions. This fourth discussion forum in the City of Helsinki-hosted series will zero in on SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and the theme of “Cities within planetary boundaries – from ambition to action.”

The forum will feature a presentation from a keynote speaker and a dynamic panel discussion, where experts and leaders will share insights on setting ambitious goals for carbon neutrality, monitoring progress, and translating objectives into practical actions. 

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops focusing on various aspects of sustainable urban development. These workshops offer a chance for attendees to actively engage in turning cities’ sustainability goals into actionable initiatives, while also highlighting the pivotal importance of citizen engagement and participation.

The reception will be held in the historic Banquet Hall at Helsinki City Hall. Mayor of Helsinki Mr. Juhana Vartiainen will also be in attendance.

Join the conversation and help contribute to the building of more sustainable cities and communities.

*Please note these events are only open to SRI ticket holders. You can attend the reception if you did not attend the workshop. Spots are limited.

Forum details:

Date: June 13th 

Time: 12:00 – 16:45

Location: Helsinki City Hall Event Square (address: Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13) 

Find more details here.


  • Opening: Juhana Vartiainen – Mayor of Helsinki  
  • Keynote and panelist: Janne Hukkinen – Professor of environmental policy at the University of Helsinki.
    • How can cities cope with crossed planetary boundaries?
  • Panelist: Hanna Wesslin – Climate Director of the City of Helsinki
  • Panelist: Erkki Perälä NetZeroCities -project.
  • + Workshop conclusions from other city related workshops during the week by two early career champions: Milja Heikkinen ja Anne Viljanen.

Reception details:

Date: June 13th

Time: 17:15-18:15

Location: Empire Room at Helsinki City Hall (address: Aleksanterinkatu 20) or stream online.