Representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Commission (EC) will feature as part of VinylPlus' programme of speakers at its fourth Vinyl Sustainability Forum in Vienna, Austria in April.
The event, on 28 April, organised by VinylPlus, the sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry, will explore the theme of ‘Smart Vinyl for our Cities'.
Organised, the 2016 Forum will examine the role of PVC in meeting the future needs of those living and working in the world's cities, home to an increasing majority of the global population and where the challenge to provide essential services will be the greatest.
The event will feature keynote speeches, presentations and discussions from representatives spanning a broad spectrum of stakeholders, from academia, government bodies, the UN, the European Commission, specifiers and all sectors of the PVC industry.
Among the top-level speakers will be Martina Otto, head of the cities and lifestyles unit for the United Nations Environment Programme, who will outline the main elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2015-2030 and what these might mean for cities in the future.
Joining her will be Marie Yeroyanni, from the Research Directorate of the European Union, who will explain how the European Union plans to achieve SDG and what these might mean for cities in the future.
Commenting on the programme, VinylPlus general manager Brigitte Dero said: “Our annual forum is a much-anticipated event where participants can showcase innovation and share the many emerging opportunities for Vinyl in our cities.”