Sustainable Cities ensure an environmentally, socially, and economically healthy and resilient habitat for existing populations, without compromising the ability of
future generations to experience the same. These sustainable cities aim for sustainability in a comprehensive and inclusive manner.

Sustainable Cities integrate policies across sectors to connect their ecological and social goals with their economic potential, rather than addressing challenges through fragmented approaches that meet one goal at the expense of others.

Sustainable Cities commit to integrated urban solutions, ambitious improvement targets, set-up long-term plans, and engage with their citizens, stakeholders and peers to design and implement their sustainability vision.

"The road to sustainability runs through our cities and towns."- UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at ICLEI's Global Town Hall at the Rio+20 Conference in 2012.

Sustainable Cities utilize democratic and participatory governance models as the basis of their development and achievements, promoting and enabling strong and globally connected local leadership for our common urban future. They implement their goals and invest their money wisely, emphasizing the synergy of effects between environmental, social and economic innovation.

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