Global Summits And International Meetings To Be Hosted In Joburg In 2013

Melrose city scape in Johannesburg
Johannesburg’s skyline

Johannesburg’s reputation as a premier destination for international conferences and exhibitions will receive a major boost this year when the City hosts three global summits, along with several large international conferences.

In association with stakeholders, the Convention Bureau continues with sustained bidding efforts and these are resulting in the contribution of substantial economic benefits to the local industry.

The C40 Summit on Climate Change will take place in June 2013, bringing together global leaders, activists and innovators to discuss environmental issues relating to the urban environment. C40 is a group of 59 major cities who share knowledge and experience on the environment, climate change and the sustainable management of resources. It is currently chaired by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is supported by the Clinton Climate Initiative. The first summit was held in London in 2005, followed by New York (2007), Seoul (2009), Sao Paolo (2011) and now Johannesburg (2013).

Mayors and decision-makers from the world’s largest cities will converge on Johannesburg next year for the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Metropolis organisation. The meeting of Metropolis will be the most important gathering yet of representatives of major metropolitan areas to discuss issues regarding the impact of urbanisation on the world. The five day event will take place in July 2013 and coincide with a meeting of the Forum of Metropolitan Mayors. 

Metropolis (The World Association of Major Metropolises) is the leading organisation that represents more than 120 of the world’s leading cities with a population of more than one million people. Among the prominent cities that belong to Metropolis are Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, Berlin, Paris, Bangkok, Dubai, Cairo, Toronto, Sydney, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Kuala Lumpur, Atlanta and Dakar.

The City will also play host to the One Young World Summit, a global forum of young leaders which is expected to attract some 1 000 delegates from every continent.  One Young World was established in 2010 to ensure issues affecting the youth are receiving global attention. Among its patrons are Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. Young leaders can now apply to attend the next One Young World Summit, which takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2-5 October 2013.

This year, the City of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development is organizing the first Buy Sell Invest Visit Conference and Expo in April 2013.  Part of the City’s Buy Sell Invest and Visit initiative, this flagship programme that aims to bring together people from the Brics and Southern African Development Community blocs to partner with private and public organisations.

This programme is part of the city’s 2040 strategy, which outlines the growth of Johannesburg over the next three decades into a sustainable, prosperous and resilient place to live and work. It aims to not only attract new investment into the city, but support existing businesses and help them to expand.

Envisaged as an annual calendar event, this three day conference is targeted at 1,000 prominent local, provincial, national and international business stakeholders.  Its purpose is to attract investment, seek markets for local products and maintain top of mind awareness of Joburg as a tourist destination, while showcasing the City’s infrastructure capabilities.

The impressive line-up of forthcoming Business Events in Joburg includes:


  • World Credit Congress [14 -16 May]
  • Pan African Franchise Federation Conference [9 -10 May]
  • Pan Pacific Association Business Congress [3 – 6 June]
  • Chattered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Challenge [26 – 30 August]
  • 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Congress [28 August – 6 September]
  • 26th  International Council of Management Consulting Institutes [23 – 28 September]
  • World Agility Championships [10 – 13 October]
  • WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) Congress [9 – 6 November]


  • 21st General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association  [1 – 5 September]
  • 21st World Orchid Conference and Show  [8 -12 Sept 2014]


  • World Congress of Healthy Ageing [21 – 26 March 2015]
Source = South African Tourism

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