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Ulster University is set to host the Belfast Summit 2024, a first-of-its-kind conference bringing together local, national and global experts to explore the challenges and opportunities the city is facing.

The conference will welcome keynote speaker Professor Carlos Moreno, an international urban planning expert and Professor at the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne, who achieved global success for his pioneering vision of the 15 minute-city – a concept based on individuals having access to everyday amenities within a 15-minute walk or cycle from their home.

The half-day summit will take place on Thursday 15 February and will bring together leaders in business, hospitality, housing and education at the Ulster University Belfast campus to set out their vision for the city and build connections that will benefit the local community.

Professor Duncan Morrow, Director of Regional Engagement at Ulster University said:

“We’re excited to host the Belfast Summit 2024 at our Belfast campus, which has made a transformative contribution to the regeneration of much of the centre of the city. It has also been a catalyst for building new, strong relationships with communities right across the city and for those partners, like Ulster University, who are ambitious for this place and its people. Alongside everyone involved in the Belfast Summit, we want to see Belfast flourish as a place to live, work, socialise and, of course, to learn. We are looking forward to welcoming delegates to our Belfast Campus and to hearing about the ideas and vision that each participant has for our city."

Among those set to address the conference are screenwriter Declan Lawn and Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Suzanne Wylie.

The Belfast Summit will also hear from American-British performer, writer and presenter Amy Lamé, who was appointed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as London’s first Night Czar in November 2016, with the responsibility for promoting London’s nightlife.

Belfast Summit 2024 is supported by the city’s Business Improvement Districts Belfast One, Destination CQ and Linen Quarter BID as well as Ulster University and MW Advocate.

Brendan Mulgrew, Managing Partner at MW Advocate added:

“Our city faces a set of unique challenges including its history, the structures of government and the lack of an NI Executive, as well as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the cost-of-living crisis and ongoing challenges around public finances and social deprivation. However the potential is clear that by working together and listening to those from across our city, it can become one of the best places to live, work and visit in Europe.

“I’m delighted that this event is supported by the city’s three BIDs and also to welcome our keynote speaker Carlos Moreno, a world-renowned urbanist and the creator of the concept of a 15-minute city where people live within 15 minutes of all the major amenities they require - health, education, public space and retail. This is Carlos’ first visit to Northern Ireland and we’re looking forward to his visit and how his expertise and ideas can have a positive impact on our city.”

Visit Belfast Summit for more information and registration details for the conference