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ICLEI's 8 Agendas of Action for Sustainable Cities

  • Green urban economy 

A viable local economy will be based on cradle-to-cradle material cycles and an appreciation of human labor over energy-intensive technology. Sustainable procurement by all Member local governments will drive the market green, create green jobs, and support future-oriented industries.

  • Sustainable city

Preparing a city for the future means taking a holistic, long-term perspective and devising an integrated sustainability policy. ICLEI Member local governments should lead by example.

  • Resource-efficient city

Eco-efficient cities will gain a competitive advantage in an era of shrinking global resources and growing global and urban populations.

  • Biodiverse city

The benefits of ecosystem-based local planning and management are multiple. Cities and local governments have a key role to play.

  • Low-carbon city

Low-carbon, or even climate-neutral cities, will be the signposts to sustainability. Ultimately, all Member local governments should establish climate action plans and integrate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions into their planning and investment structures.

  • Resilient community and city

Low-risk cities show low vulnerability to climate change, natural and industrial disasters and economic shocks. Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction planning by all Member local governments will be key to facilitating sustainable communities.

  • Smart urban infrastructure

The eco-efficient, resilient and low-carbon development of a city requires green urban infrastructure. Smart infrastructure requires smart systems design, not only single efficient technologies. Green infrastructure development means looking at the variety of urban infrastructures, identifying possible efficiency gains through linkages between different infrastructures, new operational and business models, as well as financing models.

  • Healthy & happy community

The ultimate goal is for local communities to enjoy health and happiness. Whether on a modest or more affluent economic footing, local governments must promote community vitality, health, education, culture, and good governance.


Additional themes

Changing Citizens, Changing Cities: 

No sustainability strategy can succeed without the support and interest of citizens. How can the latest thinking on communications, behavioral psychology and behavior change help us to engage citizens? How can local governments specifically engage their young people?

Greening Events:

With Brazil hosting the World Cup and Olympics in quick succession, the Congress will discuss and showcase answers to the questions: How large events can be as sustainable as possible? How can local governments "walk the walk" when designing their own events?