19 July 2012

Johannesburg to host 3 global summits in 2013

Johannesburg’s reputation as a premier destination for international conferences and exhibitions receives a major boost next year, when the city hosts 3 global summits.

Phelisa Mangcu, acting CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company Phelisa Mangcu, acting CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company

In association with stakeholders, our convention bureau continues with its sustained bidding efforts and there is no doubt that these are bearing fruit, contributing substantial economic benefits to our local industry. - Phelisa Mangcu, Johannesburg Tourism Company acting CEO.

Three influential global summits will be taking place in Johannesburg in 2013, bringing together global leaders, decision makers, activists, innovators and youth leaders to discuss the environment, urbanisation and other pressing global issues. 

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit takes place in June 2013 and brings together global leaders, activists and innovators from 59 major world cities. C40 is a grouping of cities that seek to implement sustainable policies related to locate climates that will tackle climate change globally. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is currently chaired by New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and is supported by the Clinton Climate Initiative.

Metropolis (World Association of Major Metropolises) will hold its Board of Directors meeting in Johannesburg in July 2013. The 5-day event will see mayors and decision makers from more than 120 of the world’s leading cities converge on Johannesburg to discuss the impact of urbanisation on the world. The meeting coincides with a meeting of the Forum of Metropolitan Mayors.

One Young World is a global forum of youth leaders who come together to debate and create solutions for the world’s pressing issues. The 2013 One Young World Summit in Johannesburg is expected to attract more than 1 000 delegates from around the world. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan are among One Young World’s patrons. A date for the summit has still to be decided.

Executive mayor of Johannesburg, councillor Mpho Parks Tau, said Johannesburg was selected as the host city for these summits because of its excellent record of success in organising major international events.

‘These summits will bring visitors from across the world and showcase the city’s opportunities for tourism, trade and investment,’ said Tau.

Acting CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company, Phelisa Mangcu, is thrilled with Jo’burg’s growing list of recent bids won and the summits set to take place over the next few years.

‘In association with stakeholders, our convention bureau continues with its sustained bidding efforts and there is no doubt that these are bearing fruit, contributing substantial economic benefits to our local industry,’ she said.