“Eco-Leadership through Culture,” aiming to raise eco-social leaders and to build their global network
5 December 2011
Atsufumi Yokoi | Durban, South Africa

I attended the international conference “Eco-Leadership through Culture”, held at the Durban Municipal Council Chamber of the City Hall in Durban, South Africa, at the occasion of the United Nations Climate Summit (COP17). The conference was organized by Culture|Futures, the Municipality of Ethekwini (Durban) , the Ecological Sequestration Trust and the Danish Cultural Institute in cooperation with the University of Kwazulu-Natal Foundation, African Centre for Cities, Centre for Creative Arts, EUNIC, Arup, BAT and other partners.

This conference aimed to help build a global eco-leadership network for cultural actors and cities: inspiration, innovation and collaboration. Peter Head, CBE, Executive Chairman at Ecological Sequestration Trust and former Director of Global Planning at Arup, gave a lecture as a key note speaker on “Entering an Ecological Age-Visioning the future cities and regions and the role of culture in shaping the future.” Following his lecture, Prof. Edgar Pieterse, Director at African Centre for Cities of University of Cape Town shared his latest study on “The urbanization challenges in Africa and the role of culture in a systemic response.” He was another key note speaker from the African region.