Shaping Our Sustainable Urban Future for All
Opening session | 13 April 2021: 9:00-10:30 CEST
More than ever, our cities, towns and regions are at the frontline of global change and our local and regional governments need to rapidly act in nearly every dimension of urban life.
Development challenges, including global public health crises such as COVID-19; the increasing impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss, and land degradation; the lack of resilience in our urban systems; the need to end systemic inequities, and to better apply technological advancement, require urgent action from subnational governments.
The only way forward is to urgently and collectively reverse this trend. We have now a unique opportunity to redesign our shared urban future and relationship with the planet, “build back better”, to ambitiously and with newly shared resolve co-create a new journey for all to develop resilient, inclusive communities and rights-based transitions to discontinue the unsustainable approaches that have become so obvious through the global Covid-19 pandemic and initial recovery attempts. In the decade now upon us, we may well have the last and best opportunity granted to humanity to create a new, accessible and just urban world that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient for all.
To guide us in achieving these goals collectively, the ICLEI Network has an updated strategy for 2021 – 2027, including its five pathways for sustainable development. Leaders from the ICLEI organization presented the strategy, along with presentations from the newly elected ICLEI leaders who will help guide that strategy. We also heared about concrete examples of local and regional governments from around the world who are already advancing this work.