Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban

"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

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The 4th SEE SDEWES Conference will be held in Sarajevo in Hotel Europe, an Austro-Hungarian building turned into a five-star hotel and a perfect venue for our regional SDEWES conference. Built 1882, at the crossroads of the Oriental and modern style, Hotel Europe is imbued with the best attributes of both worlds and its external splendour alone will have you captivated. Positioned in the heart of the Sarajevo city it is literally a few steps away from the tourist Old Town core.



Hotel Europe has for an entire century been a silent witness to the history of Sarajevo and has hosted the most notable personalities from Europe and the rest of the world. It is at this Hotel that distinguished statesmen and politicians, high-profile corporate executives, motion picture and television personalities, artists and athletes have all stayed whilst visiting Sarajevo.

After 130 years of tradition, Hotel Europe has been restored to its original splendor and designed according to the highest standards of hospitality. The hotel offers 160 luxurious rooms and14 suites, spa&wellness facilities including fitness center, indoor swimming pool, Turkish bath, tanning beds, saunas, and massage, as well as fully equipped conference halls where 4th SEE SDEWES will be held.


City of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the country’s administrative, economic, cultural, education and sport center. The City of Sarajevo is divided into four municipalities: Stari Grad, Centar, Novo Sarajevo, and Novi Grad. 
Sarajevo surrounded by the Olympic mountains: Bjelasnica, Igman, Jahorina, and Trebevic. The average land elevation of the city is 500 m above sea level. 

For several hundred years, the borders of two great empires, the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian, which represented the two poles of the world at that time – East and West, Islamic and Christian – met in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This made the country and its capital a crossroads for different worlds – a place where the Orient met Occident in the heart of the Balkans. Sarajevo is one of those rare cities where, during a ten-minute walk, you can see places of worship for the world’s most important monotheistic religions: Orthodox and Catholic churches, synagogues and mosques. All of these traditions have given Sarajevo a specific aroma and a particular cultural mix.

In Sarajevo, you can find traces of the Neolithic Butmir Culture, Illyrians, Romans, Slavs, as well as remains representing the medieval Bosnian Kingdom, the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Socialistic Federal Republic of Yugoslavia…. Over the past 100 years, Sarajevo has found itself a member of six different states and has witnessed the Sarajevo Assassination, the First and Second World Wars, the XIV Winter Olympic Games, the longest-running siege of any town in modern history.... Sarajevo is steeped in history and is always eager to share its many fascinating stories with visitors.

Most of Sarajevo’s tourist attractions are located in the Old Town known as Bascarsija spreading towards the city centre easily reachable on foot and well connected to other parts of the city and to the surrounding mountains and other natural and cultural sites by public transportation.

Area: 141,5 km² 
Altitude: 500 m above sea level 
Climate: Mild continental climate 
Population: cca 438.000 citizens (291.000 citizens in four City of Sarajevo municipalities; 2013)
Population ethnic diversity: Bosniaks, Croats, Serbs, Jews, and other ethnic groups 
Time Zone – European Time Zone (GMT +1) 
Power Supply – The electric supply is 220V with 50Hz frequency 
Water – It is safe to drink tap water in Sarajevo 

Info about the city:

Info about the currency:
The currency in Bosnia and Herzegovina is BAM, or Convertible Mark. BAM is the internationally recognized symbol for the Convertible Mark, while KM is used locally. One Mark is divided into 100 pfennigs and notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 KM.

The exchange rate for the Convertible Mark is fixed to the Euro: 1.95 BAM = 1 Euro. You can exchange money at exchange offices, banks or post offices. 


Tourist Information Centre

Address: Sarači 58, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone: + 387 33 580 999 


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related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.