London is at a crucial point in its history, with decisions taken now deciding the course of the city for a lifetime.
Over the last 30 years, London has grown and evolved. By many measures this evolution has been a success story, but in others, much less so. Inequalities — many worsened by the pandemic and compounded by systemic disadvantages—remain in education, employment, safety and health. London can and must do better.
The London Conference 2021 will bring London’s leaders together to discuss the capital’s future. We’ll be talking about London’s recovery from the pandemic, tackling inequality, improving women’s safety, taking climate action, levelling up, and much more.
The conference will be hosted at the Congress Centre, with 150 in-person delegates and will be live-streamed for anyone who wishes to follow the discussions online.
What to expect
Levelling Up London
National government has announced its intention to reset its relationship with local government and put councils at the heart of delivering their ambitious programme to improve opportunities in all parts of the country. What is London’s place in this agenda? What does this mean for the capital’s connections with other towns, cities and regions?
London’s New Political Map
London has experienced unimaginable change over the past two years but what does this mean for London’s political landscape? What are the biggest issues coming out of the pandemic and how will this shake up the city’s political map heading into the 2022 local elections.
Everyone has a right to be safe in the city, regardless of their gender, but too many women feel unsafe when travelling, working or going out at night in London. The time for change is now. What can policymakers learn from the experiences of women and girls? What would a city that is safe for women look like, and how do we get there?
London’s Post-Brexit Role
As we emerge from the pandemic, London must adapt if we wish to remain a world-leading global city. What policies are needed to strengthen our international links and maintain our soft power? What position does London take in the post-Brexit world?
COP26 has moved London’s green recovery up the agenda and Londoners agree that tackling climate change is a priority for the capital - but what does this mean for the way we live? How can the capital’s public assets, services and infrastructure be adapted to respond to these threats and opportunities.
We’ll be joined by leading thinkers, practitioners, policymakers and community representatives. The full agenda and speakers will be announced soon but previous speakers include Mayor of London Sadiq Khan; Director of the New York City Department of City Planning Marisa Lago, Historian David Olusoga, and Baroness Martha Lane-Fox.
The hybrid experience
This year’s London Conference will be our first return to in-person events. Everyone has missed the face-to-face interactions with clients and colleagues.
This is your opportunity to rub shoulders with London’s senior local government, private and third sector leaders.
If you are unable to join us in person, fear not as the whole conference will be streamed online and you can watch all the sessions from the comfort of your own desk.
We want to open the conference by sharing some inspiring stories from individual Londoners, community groups, and charities who stepped up in response to the pandemic. Perhaps you volunteered in your local area to support those in need or you put an idea into action which continues to benefit your community today. If that sounds like you (or someone you know) and you’d like to take the stage at our conference, we want to hear from you!