The vast majority of the world’s population live in urban areas, with 75% of global CO2 emission attributable to cities. As such, local and regional leaders must assume their crucial roles in meeting global goals, while also offering a home to their citizens.
But the responsibility for collective health and well-being lies not only with local leaders, but also with decision makers at all levels of government, business, the research community and, last but not least, with citizens.
We have to change systems, value chains, habits, processes and ourselves. For the last 25 years, the European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns has called for the acceleration of bottom-up action and change to ultimately push and accelerate the ambition of global frameworks for sustainability and climate change beyond the status quo. This year’s conference looks at the European Green Deal from a local perspective and in relation to other processes for integrated urban planning and development.