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The City We Need NOW! EUROPE Campaign

Building Resilience Leaving No One and No Place Behind














Europe is at a crossroads. Cities are struggling with multiple crisis amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the multiple effects of climate change. Vulnerable groups are hit by social, economic, and political challenges, resulting in devastating setbacks to advance inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities.

Europe is off-track to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and urban areas are increasingly at risk struggling with deepening inequalities and infrastructure gaps. The COVID-19 pandemic led to a reversal in SDG progress on many goals and indicators. Vulnerable groups and populations were particularly affected in Europe.

However, despite these setbacks, cities and urban areas remain central to the sustainable development trajectory. Cities are where a new social contract can emerge to accelerate climate action and ensure peace and health for all. Cities and communities have demonstrated solutions and are accelerators for the implementation of the SDGs.

Front runner partners:​

  • STIR, Mannheim, Germany

Other Campaign Partners:

  • STIRN Mannheim, Germany

  • Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) Brussels, Belgium

  • CJUR (Association of Urbanistic Jurisprudence) Madrid & Mexico

  • Eutropian Rome, Vienna, Budapest

  • Int. Fed. for Housing and Planning Copenhagen

  • International Union of Architects UIA Pari


>> In that context, an advocacy campaign is needed to promote solutions and game-changers to accelerate the SDG implementation.


>> The City We Need Now! campaign will help engage on the lead to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on the Review of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the 11th Session of the World Urban Forum, Urban October 2022, COP27 and key regional milestones.

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Date: Friday, May 6 2022

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CEST 

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