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Global agreements and the role of cities for a sustainable revival of Europe

In 2015, heads of state from around the world managed to come to two major agreements that, if taken seriously, may considerably change our way of life in the coming decades. In September, the General Assembly of the United Nations agreed on the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a framework that sets out how we can sustain a high quality of life for all of Earth’s inhabitants without destroying the global ecosystem.

Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director of ICLEI European Secretariat
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These goals are broken down into 169 targets, including a specific goal for urban development, for which indicators are yet to be defined. Just two months ago in Paris almost the same heads of state reached a new global climate agreement, laying out the processes and regime that is meant to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions will be kept at a level that will keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

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