The Helsinki region accounts for over a third of Finland’s gross domestic product. Its internationally competitive economy increases the entire nation’s welfare. This goal is supported by the city’s activities in global networks and strategic partnership projects together with other regional, national and international actors. Helsinki’s international visibility and profile will be strengthened with the help of regional marketing communications and city diplomacy and hospitality.
LUCI (Lighting Urban Communicty International)
LUCI is a unique international network bringing together cities and lighting professionals engaged in using light as a major tool for urban, social and economic development, with a concern for sustainability and environmental issues.Created in 2002, at the behest of the City of Lyon, LUCI is today an organisation of nearly 100 members, City of Helsinki has been a member since 2009.
Lighting in Helsinki
DELICE (Network of good food cities of the world)
Created in 2007, Délice provides a global network for cities known for a strong gastronomic tradition, expert professional know-how, excellent produce and food products, an outstanding culinary way of life taste development. In each city, Délice connects to a very dense network of gastronomy leaders, including chefs, professional schools, school food service companies, research workers, and journalists.
Delicé Annual General Meeting will be organised in Helsinki 8-10 October, 2012.
Local Governments for Sustainability
ICLEI is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Our basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.
Mayors for Peace
The Mayors for Peace, through close cooperation among the cities, strives to raise international public awareness regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons and contributes to the realization of genuine and lasting world peace by working to eliminate starvation and poverty, assist refugees fleeing local conflict, support human rights, protect the environment, and solve the other problems that threaten peaceful coexistence within the human family.
International Regions Benchmarking Consortium
International Regions Benchmarking Consortium (IRBC) is a network of sophisticated city-centered metropolitan regions that find it mutually beneficial to compare and learn from each other through economic and social data statistics and in-depth research into specific issues of common interest. Microsoft and Boeing each provided substantial funding to launch the Consortium.
IRBC meeting will be organised in Helsinki in November 2012.