From 01/25/2015 to 01/28/2015

Meriton Hotel Tallinn  - Paldiski mnt 4, Tallinn 10149, Estonia



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Tallinn, innovative city: Why Tallinn has been chosen to host the 38th INTA World Urban Development Congress.

Signing MoU INTA38

Edgar Savisaar, Mayor of Tallinn and Michel Sudarskis, Secretary General of INTA signed a MoU for the organization of the INTA38 Congress in Tallinn on Wednesday 12 November.

Tallinn winter

INTA38 Congress is organised in partnership with the City of Tallinn

The pressures of global population growth, increased urbanisation, aspirations for an ever-improving quality of life, and the urgent need to control CO2 emissions, coupled with the growing competitiveness of cities in their desire to build strong local economies, create an imperative for cities to innovate to become « smart » and to remain so.

It is estimated that while 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, that figure will be nearly 70% by 2050, leading to rapid growth of existing cities and the creation of some 9,000 totally new cities.

The « smart city » is one way of meeting the challenges of potential overcrowding, congestion, poverty, environmental degradation and low quality of life which are threatened by this phenomenal rate of growth.

Technological innovation is underlain by the presence of advanced information and communication systems (ICT), and signalled by the harmonisation of intelligent policies for investing in social and physical capital; promoting innovation and entrepreneurship; creating sustainable infrastructure and environments; reducing waste and the use of non-renewable energies; encouraging participatory action and engagement.

How are these innovation policies manifest in towns and cities across the world? What are their impacts and consequences – intended or unintended? How is comparative advantage achieved in results across these smart objectives? What are the tools of creation and measurement in the implementation of innovation strategy?

However, we cannot rely only on technological and managerial innovations to meet the various challenges posed by cities and territories. Today, urban or territorial development is not just a mater of technology; it is not enough to deploy hardware to find solutions to social and economic needs, to climate or energy emergencies or individual aspirations. Social and territorial dimensions of innovation play a role and have a place in a sustainable and equitable development at the local as well as other levels.

These questions and related issues are to be the subject of the 38th Annual Congress of INTA taking place in Tallinn, Estonia, 25 till 27 January 2015.

Two days of intense debates are envisaged between delegates from around the world, plus technical visits to recent development sites in Tallinn. INTA will also promote policy exchanges and interactions, together with Business-to-Business opportunities and participation of key players from industry, municipalities, government agencies, academia, journalism and consultancy firms.


Looking forward to meeting you in Tallinn,
Sincerely Yours,
Maurice Charrier,
INTA President