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Jyväskylä conducts cooperation with UNESCO’s International Year of Light organisation

2015 has been officially proclaimed by the UN as the International Year of Light, to be coordinated by the UN’s specialised agency for education, science and culture Unesco. Jyväskylä is the only city in the world which officially conducts cooperation with UNESCO’s International Year of Light organisation.

The aim of the theme year is to bring out the importance of light and light technologies in people’s everyday lives and for mankind as a whole. The City of Jyväskylä has acted for years now as an expert adviser on urban lighting both nationally and internationally. In addition to its own light-themed events Jyväskylä has arranged happenings and seminars in many different places in Finland as well as in Sweden, Estonia and Belgium.

“Our goal is to disseminate information on a number of issues, including what factors should be taken into consideration when planning urban lighting and how light pollution can be reduced. Research has also been done in Jyväskylä into the use of LED lights in urban illumination,” explains Jani Ruotsalainen, Coordinator of the City of Light project.

The city’s international City of Light event, which forms part of the International Year of Light, will be staged in Jyväskylä in October 2015.

Words by Tommi Salo. The article was orginally published in Human Tech Center Finland magazine 1/2015

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9.1.2015Satu Heikkinen

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