About Next Generation City Action

Next Generation City Action is an initiative with three joint initiatives leading up to and during the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen on October 07-11, 2019. Young people are involved and contribute as either young academics, young entrepreneurs or young influencers to support and strengthen their role as the next generation of leaders driving city climate action.

With more than the half of the global population living in urban areas, cities play a key role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Increased urbanization leads to greater stress on resources and cities account for 70% of the global CO2 emissions. Cities therefore have an important role in setting the agenda for new innovative and green solutions through partnerships that can inspire other communities and governments. 

The C40 World Mayors Summit is a great opportunity for bringing developing countries and youth in the center of attention, representing some of the fastest growing regions and populations in the world.

The young professionals will not only be inspired, build networks and learn from others but will also be able to influence, inspire and invite for partnerships by bringing own solutions and ideas to the table – creating solutions of scale and impact, and innovation across nations.  

To realize these ambitions, the initiative in particular engages youth involved in tech-learning environments from the C40 priority countries and P4G partners: Kenya, Ethiopia, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea and Denmark.

The Next Generation City Action 2019 focuses on solutions and innovative ideas targeting Carbon Free Streets and Next Generation Buildings, transport and buildings beeing two major causes of climate change.

Read more about C40, P4G and the C40 World Mayors Summit.

The Programme

Activities for the Next Generation City Action initiative in Denmark will take place from 07 – 11 October and includes a program of tailored activities and the attendance and involvement in the official C40 World Mayors Summit. 

Next Generation City Action Tech Bazar & Reception

Dear invited guest

On behalf of C40, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark and the Technical University of Denmark, we would like to invite you to the Next Generation City Action Tech Bazar & Reception from 17:30-20:30 on Tuesday 8th of October.

The reception will take place at DTU Skylab – the hub for tech innovation and entrepreneurship, Diplomvej, bygning 373A, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby and includes a day where more than 100 young academics, entrepreneurs and influencers have worked and inspired with new ideas and solutions targeting green mobility and energy efficiency in cities.

At the reception, we plan to combine an evening of:

  • Short inspirational talks outlining diverse perspectives on the role of partnerships and the next generation in accelerating sustainable city solutions.
  • Unique opportunity to connect with 100+ young passionate professionals, representing 16 influencers, 14 tech start-ups from 16 groups of students from Denmark, Kenya, Columbia, Mexico, South Africa and Ethiopia, who will be showcasing their solutions to sustainability challenges within sustainable cities.
  • Provoking conversation around sustainable foods and drinks by engaging researchers, entrepreneurs and acclaimed chefs in providing the snacks and drinks during the reception.

Summit delegates already in Copenhagen are invited as well to the reception and we will make sure to provide busses as needed to support the transport to/from the city center.

If you accept our invitation then we kindly ask you to sign up and save the date and time, and we will make sure to keep you updated regarding the program and practicalities for the reception.

For further information and for signing up, please contact Marie Louise Pollmann-Larsen, Project Manager, DTU Skylab, E-mail: mlml@dtu.dk, Phone: +45 6165 5660.

Shuttle bus option

For invited guests who have signed up for the free-of-cost shuttle bus. Kindly find below the relevant information:

16.45: Departure from Copenhagen to DTU Skylab (place of reception): Bus lane by the H.C. Andersen Castle between Tivoli and Copenhagen City Hall. Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/4QJKnHfgBK3tvS5TA

Contact at bus in case of delay or difficulty in finding the bus: Maria Camila Rincón Gil (+4550217612)

20:30: Departure from DTU Skylab toward Copenhagen. Two stops:

1. Steelhouse Copenhagen Hostel 

2. H.C. Andersen Castle between Tivoli and Copenhagen City Hall. Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/4QJKnHfgBK3tvS5TA



Explore the bazar of early-stage tech start-ups delivering innovative solutions for sustainable cities within next generation buildings and carbon free streets


Rasmus Larsen, Provost, Technical University of Denmark
Line Gry Knudsen, Acting Director of Education, EIT Climate-KIC

18:15 TALK

Rasmus Prehn, Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark
Why young people are key to accelerate sustainable development of urban areas


Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40
C40 World Mayors Summit and the role of youth, academia & partnerships

18:35 TALK

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone


Ian de Cruz, Global Director at Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 (P4G)
Accelerating P4G partnerships and city climate action plans and Announcing Next Generation - Young Academics finalists

19:00 START-UP TECH BAZAR & DRINKS continues

Network and connect with the tech start-ups, participants of the Next Generation City Action initiative, invited guests from industry, academia, cities and organizations

20:30 END

The DTU Skylab Team

Marie Louise Pollmann-Larsen
Project Manager, DTU Skylab
6165 5669 / mlml@dtu.dk

Linda Weiss
Project Coordinator, DTU Skylab
+45 9351 0995 / linwei@dtu.dk

Lasse Vinblad Thaisen
Project Officer, DTU Skylab

Rune Øster Mortensen
Project Officer, DTU Skylab

Christoffer Bendtsen
Project Officer, DTU Skylab

Adam Matias Dong Hoffmeyer
Web Admin, DTU Skylab


Marie Louise Pollmann-Larsen
DTU Skylab
mlml@dtu.dk / +45 6165 5669

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