We live in extraordinary times. Our world is changing faster than ever before – from climate change to changing markets, from limited resources to massive urban growth.

This kind of rapid and unpredictable change is challenging, but also offers huge opportunities. And, with 70% of the world’s population expected to be living in cities by 2050, it is obvious where most of the action will take place.

We all have an important role to play in what happens next. The ideas we have and the decisions we make are all important steps in creating a future of healthier, happier and more sustainable cities. One where communities, citizens and business can prosper; one where our natural environment can thrive.


About the event

Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson is inviting a pioneering group of business and civic leaders to join him at the final event of the Bristol Summit Series on 23rd October – the culmination of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015.

The event will use peer-learning, informed discussion and interactive exhibitions to explore how creative civic governance and forward-thinking businesses can bring greater profitability and prosperity to all.

With so many progressive decision-makers and influential thought leaders in the room to share their experience, insight and inspiration, we’re confident that – together – we’ll start laying the foundations for the cities of tomorrow. 

Event overview

The City Leadership Summit will be an opportunity for a select group of Mayors to engage in progressive thought leadership, sharing diverse experience and inspirational solutions to city leadership challenges.

Those attending this Summit will hear stories – and share their own – of the impact that society-wide cooperation can have. We’ll also be offering attendees a guided experience of Bristol’s own journey and solutions.

Lastly – and most importantly – together with ICLEI, leaders will be given the opportunity to gather peer insight towards their City Transformative Action Plans, and to develop their engagement with COP21.

The summit will be chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Broadcast journalist.


The summit will be documented to provide a visual record and associated articles will be published. The outputs from the City Leadership Summit will also be shared at the Cities and Regions Pavilion – TAP2015 at COP21, which will be organised by ICLEI and co-hosted by Paris and Bristol.