Digital Citymakers’ Summit

Didital Citymakers Summit

On 25 March 2021, the “Digital Citymakers’ Summit” took place in connection with the online platform “USE – Urban Sustainability Exchange” (

More than 130 participants from 33 countries met online to discuss the “just city.” One important issue here was the New Leipzig Charter (NLC), which was adopted at the end of November 2020 by the EU ministers responsible for urban matters. This charter addresses aspects like affordable housing, civic engagement, migration and inclusion, and, of course, the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The summit was opened by Barbara Berninger, Metropolis Regional Secretary for Europe, and Prof. Paul James, Western Sydney University, followed by a keynote speech by Dr. Oliver Weigel, head of the division for urban development policy at the German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.

Dr. Weigel’s talk gave insight into the two-year process of drafting this charter, which resulted from a comprehensive European dialogue that was conducted to prepare and accompany the German presidency of the Council of the European Union (July – December 2020). Under the heading of “The Transformative Power of Cities for the Common Good,” it defines new strategic guidelines for sustainable urban development in the EU.

In seven network sessions, experts from international city networks and partner organizations of the USE platform, such as Metropolis, Eurocities, and World Habitat, shared inspiring projects, initiatives, and expertise with the participants. These sessions provided an opportunity for discussions based on practical examples. The international participants were also able to learn more about the USE platform in a virtual information area.

You can find more information here and at on the next events to be held with the USE platform.