Malmö Commitment

on Inclusive & Equitable Communities

Cities and towns all around the world are vibrant hubs of people with the strength, knowledge and capacity to drive significant change. Nowadays, cities are facing multiple, interconnected challenges: the climate and nature crises as well as social injustices. Cities and communities can be part of the solution to today’s challenges, encouraging sustainable approaches, innovation, adaptability, participation, and inclusiveness.

The Malmö Commitment empowers local and regional governments to prioritize all people and social equity at the core of local sustainable development. And to foster safe, vibrant cities, towns, and communities for all to live, work, and thrive, through three key elements: our cities and towns shall be for all, we shall promote safe and healthy urban spaces and communities, we shall ensure just transitions to a sustainable local economy providing opportunities for dignified livelihoods to all.

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Putting people at the heart of local sustainable development: The Malmö Commitment

The Malmö Commitment will be launched on 12 May 2022 during the high-level dialogue “Putting people at the heart of local sustainable development: The Malmö Commitment” at The Malmö Summit. This session will explore the processes needed for ensuring a green, just and fair transition with examples of right-based approaches and implementation of inclusive perspectives from cities, policymakers, and other partners.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is the Malmö Commitment?

      The Malmö Commitment positions local and regional governments at the centre of the global response to today’s challenges, by encouraging sustainable approaches, innovation, adaptability, participation, and inclusiveness in policy-making to tackle the current climate emergency and by embedding social equity at the core of their local sustainable development. It gathers local and regional governments that commit to this urban transformation following a four-step process: identify the challenges; monitor social equity indicators; report the progress and enhance the effort taken through neighboring communities.

    • How does the Malmö Commitment address the global challenges faced by our cities, towns and regions?

      The Malmö Commitment addresses the fact that the climate and nature crises have deeply intertwined social components, and without actively acknowledging and addressing these social components in climate and nature action planning, sustainability solutions can inadvertently further exacerbate existing social inequities in communities.

      The Malmö commitment ensures that cities, towns and regions are acknowledging these social dimensions by incorporating intersectional perspectives in our sustainability policies.

    • Who can adopt the Malmö Commitment?

      Local and regional governments taking the lead in embedding social equity at the core of their local sustainable development can adopt the Malmö Commitment.

    • Who can support the Malmö Commitment?

      All local and regional governments can support the Malmö Commitment, as well as other partners working together with local and regional governments in local sustainable development.

    • Why should my local/regional government adopt the Malmö Commitment?
      • You will have the opportunity to showcase your local government’s commitment to developing safe, inclusive, resilient communities for all.
      • You will become part of a community of like-minded local and regional governments working on equity policies within the sustainability sphere.
      • You will gain access to tools, resources and good practice which support equitable local sustainable development planning and implementation.
      • You will share your own knowledge and collaborate with other committed local and regional governments addressing similar challenges and dedicated to promoting equity in their cities, towns and regions.
    • I am a local/regional government. How do I adopt the Malmö Commitment?

      The endorsement of the Malmö Commitment consists in a two-step process:

      1. The first step is to become a supporter. The supporters will be showcased on the Malmö Commitment website as cities, towns and regions committed to developing safe, inclusive, and resilient communities for all. To become a supporter of the Malmö Commitment does not require any monetary cost or further staff capacity. Local and regional governments will have the opportunity to express their interest in endorsing the Malmö Commitment at the Malmö Commitment Reception that will take place right after the high-level dialogue Putting people at the heart of local sustainable development: The Malmö Commitment on 12 May 2022 at The Malmö Summit. The local and regional governments who express their interest in endorsing the Malmö Commitment during the Malmö Summit will automatically become supporters of the Malmö Commitment.
      2. Local and regional governments taking the lead in embedding social equity at the core of their local sustainable development will be eligible to adopt the Malmö Commitment. The local and regional governments who express their interest in endorsing the Malmö Commitment during The Malmö Summit will be contacted after the event by the Malmö Commitment Team to explore the possibility of becoming adopters, after evaluating their readiness to do so. This can be re-evaluated in a one year time. To become an adopter of the Malmö Commitment does not have any direct monetary cost, however it does require some invested municipal staff capacity (see below).

      Local and regional governments can also express their interest in endorsing the Malmö Commitment at malmo.commitment@iclei.org. The same two-step process will take place.

    • What will adopters of the Malmö Commitment commit to?
      • Design smart social equity indicators to measure and monitor their progress in addressing  key sustainability challenges facing our communities;
      • Report their progress and share our successes and lessons learned with other committed  local governments to develop a pool of knowledge for further advancing equitable  sustainable local development around the world;
      • Encourage the local governments of neighboring communities, and those with which we  work and partner, to commit to the Malmö Commitment and further enhance our  collective efforts.
    • Who is authorized to adopt the Malmö Commitment?

      Because the Malmö Commitment requires invested municipal staff capacity from the adopting local and regional governments, the Malmö Commitment needs to be adopted by a legal representative of the local government, such as the Mayor, Chief Executive or the City Board.

    • What are the milestones of the Malmö Commitment?
      • May 12, 2022: The Malmö Commitment is launched.
      • 2024: ICLEI World Congress: the progress made by committed local governments will be showcased.
      • 2025: Report Progress on set targets.
      • 2030: Report Progress on set targets.
    • Does adopting the Malmö Commitment have any cost?

      Adopting the Malmö Commitment does not have any direct monetary cost; however, it does require some invested municipal staff capacity (see below)

    • How much municipal staff capacity is required by adopting the Malmö Commitment?
      • From Year 0 of the process, the city will need to designate one person to be the liaison with the Malmö Commitment team and in charge of the activity reporting on the Platform.
      • During the first year, the city would need to “run a diagnosis” on its sustainability policies and the challenges, both social and environmental, that it currently faces. The city will then research and design social equity indicators for each challenge,
        collect data and set its baseline and its targets for 2025 and 2030.
      • From year two, the city will need to have a screening body to review on-going and new projects according to the set targets, assess on-going projects against equitable development principles and identify potential gaps. The city will be responsible to select a financial model and secure funding, to develop an Equitable Development Action Plan, to implement socially equitable policies and initiatives accordingly and monitor and report to the Malmö Commitment Platform.
      • Additionally, the city will need to designate a person to do advocacy work, to participate in focus groups, share lessons learned, participate in events and encourage others to become part of the Malmö Commitment.
    • How will my city be showcased until 2030?

      If your city is one of the early adopters of the Malmö Commitment, your work and policies will first be showcased at the Launch of the Malmö Commitment in the High-Level Plenary “Putting people at the heart of local sustainable development:The Malmö Commitment” of the ICLEI World Congress 2021-2022: The Malmö Summit on May 12th, 2022.Once the Malmö Commitment has been launched, there will be numerous opportunities for your local government and its work towards equity and sustainability to be showcased:

      • On the Malmö Commitment website: a map of all the committed local governments will figure on the website as well as articles, news, stories featuring the innovative work that is being done by MC local governments.
      • On the Malmö Commitment Platform: Committed local governments will have access to an online reporting platform to monitor their progress, policies and goals. This data and the work they are doing will be available to other LGs who are part of
        the Malmö Commitment process for peer-learning and knowledge-sharing.
      • In international events: The Malmö Commitment and the work of the local governments that are committed to it will be presented in numerous international events and conferences.
      • In 2024, the progress made by committed local governments so far will be showcased to urban sustainable development stakeholders from cities & regions, international organisations, academia, the private sector and more at the occasion of
        the ICLEI World Congress 2024.
    • Who is behind the Malmö Commitment?

      ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, we influence sustainability policy
      and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.

      The City of Malmö, Sweden: The City of Malmö is the commercial centre of southern Sweden and is truly an international city with about 350,000 inhabitants representing over 180 different nationalities. An ICLEI Member since 1996, Malmö is working actively for sustainability initiatives and is the first city in Sweden that has publicly announced the commitment to implement the UN SDGs. Malmö strives to be a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable city and an attractive place to live and work.

    • Will there be a continuation of the Malmö Commitment after 2030?

      Yes, we have the intention that the Malmö Commitment will continue after 2030. We will evaluate how the state of local sustainable development has evolved over the course of the decade and see to what extent a revision of the Malmö Commitment is necessary to keep it fully relevant to the 2030 context.