Sustainable cities: A visual story

Cities are faced with rapid urbanization, shifting economic and demographic trends, the impacts of climate change, overuse of resources and a number of pressing development challenges. Now, with the adoption of global sustainability frameworks, from the Sustainable Development Goals to the Paris Agreement and New Urban Agenda, they are a core part of a growing global movement towards sustainability. 

This visual story shows the challenges cities face and the proactive steps ICLEI Members are taking. It is also a reminder that they can and should not act alone. Coordinated action among all levels of government and a diversity of sectors - including businesses, financiers and academia - is vital for a sustainable future. It was compiled in 2016 with the valuable interview contributions from ICLEI Members.

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ICLEI World Secretariat

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