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Wellington wins bid to host Digital Earth Summit

Wellington has won an international bid to host the 2012 Digital Earth Summit, which mayor Celia Wade-Brown says ties in perfectly with the city's bid to be recognised as a ‘creative digital capital’.

Digital Earth promotes international cooperation through technology to assist in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resource conservation and improvement of living standards.

The event is expected to attract up to 500 delegates, many from overseas, and runs for three days.

“Wellington is the ideal location for the Digital Earth Summit, as our vision for a smart green capital and our Wellington 2040 strategy fits perfectly with the goals of Digital Earth,” Wade-Brown said.

Wellington City Council recently completed consultation of a draft digital strategy for the city. It proposes that the city work toward being globally recognised as a ‘creative digital capital’.

She said Wellington’s bid for the international conference was greatly assisted by the government support, including funding from Tourism New Zealand.

“In Wellington they’ll find a city that is committed to a smarter, greener approach. Wellington is making significant strides to diversify toward a digital ‘weightless’ future as well as lessening the city’s impact on the environment.”

The inaugural Digital Earth Summit was launched by Prime Minister Helen Clark in Auckland in 2006.