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Nineteenth Mayors Conference

Overview

Host City
Rovaniemi, Finland


Method

To be held online.


Date and Time of Online Session

* The dates and times below are all indicated in Rovaniemi (Finland) Time (UTC +02:00).

Friday,
November 5th
 9-11 a.m. Working Group Discussion
Topic A: Tourism Development in Winter Cities
Attended by: working-level city officials, academics, and businesses etc.

Monday,

November 15th

6-8 a.m. Group Session 1 (Sub-theme 3)
Sub-theme 3: Infrastructure and Architecture for All
Attended by: mayors and other representatives as a proxy for the mayor

Monday,

November 15th

9-11 a.m. Group Session 2 (Sub-theme 1 & 2)
Sub-theme 1: Challenges and Solutions to Social Marginalization
Sub-theme 2: Elderly Empowerment
Attended by: mayors and other representatives as a proxy for the mayor

Tuesday,

November 16th

9-11 a.m. Subcommittee Report & Voting on Rovaniemi Declaration and Rovaniemi Mayors Conference Resolutions
Attended by: mayors and other representatives as a proxy for the mayor


Main theme

Aging Society in Winter Cities and Cold Climate


Sub-themes
 

Sub-theme1: Challenges and Solutions to Social Marginalization
The social isolation of the elderly has been a serious problem, especially in areas that see outflow of younger population. This can distort the age structure in the community, affect specific areas such as healthcare services, isolate older people who have lost social connections from the community, and cause a variety of problems. This sub-theme is to exchange information and learn from each other about the issues of social exclusion and isolation of the elderly.

 
Sub-theme2: Elderly Empowerment
Regions where the population is aging face problems such as a reduction in working force and economy, and more people needing nursing care resulting in an increase in the cost of social security. Even under such circumstances, in order to increase the security and vitality of society, it is required for the elderly to support society and the economy as a member of the community while maintaining their health and independent living, and be able to play active roles throughout their lives. This sub-theme is to share and learn from each other about initiatives that can lead to the active participation of the elderly.

 
Sub-theme3: Infrastructure and Architecture for All
Winter cities have the construction and architectural know-how that can withstand the harsh environment such as low temperatures and snow. Also, there are many unique ideas to make winter living enjoyable and comfortable for all residents of the cities. This sub-theme is to share and study such know-how and ideas.

 


Working Group Topics

Topic A: Tourism Development in Winter Cities
Winter cities have many attractive tourist resources due to their distinctive climate and environment. In addition, “Eco-Tourism” adopting sustainable approaches -such as global environmental protection- that the WWCAM has been working on have been drawing more attention. This working group will share information and studies on tourism development utilizing winter city resources including Eco-Tourism.

 
Topic B: Planning in Winter Cities
Many winter cities are designed and planned like their southern counterparts, without regard for the climatic conditions. When we acknowledge and design for our winter contexts, we create better cities for all. In this working group, we will review universal winter design principles: block wind, capture sunshine, create visual interest with color and light, and provide infrastructure to support winter life. We will also investigate challenges that we share, learn how to build on our unique winter assets, and explore ways to build our winter cities better for all ages and abilities.

 

Subcommittee Report
Subcommittees conduct technical research and exchange information on technology among administrators of municipal governments and technocrats of member countries. Since the fourth conference held in Tromsø, Norway in 1990, subcommittees were formed in the past focusing on various topics such as “Winter Recreation and Tourism,” “Economic Expansion,” “Snow Management”, and “Sustainable Winter Cities Planning”.
Currently, the Subcommittee for Arctic Design explores the application of design in solving problems in urban planning. It was established in February 2015 and is the only active Subcommittee and it will present its final report in this conference.

 

Voting on Rovaniemi Declaration and Rovaniemi Mayors Conference Resolutions
Rovaniemi Declaration and the 19th World Winter Cities Association for Mayors Conference Resolutions will be adopted.

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