2 June 2016
20th B@S looks at the impact on cities of the Sustainable Development Goals
The 20th edition of the Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) series took place on 2 June 2016 in Brussels (Belgium), focusing on what the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mean for European cities and how citizens and grassroots initiatives can help to implement them. The session, titled “European Cities and Citizens delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals” was held in the framework of the European Sustainable Development Week.
Despite the stand-alone goal on sustainable cities within the SDGs, urban experts agree that all 17 SDGs are relevant for cities. Initiatives like the recently adopted Basque Declaration suggest cities and citizens have to engage on the ground if the future is to be sustainable.
Following an EU policy overview, discussions focused on examples of transformative and replicable actions coming from sub-national governments and civil society organisations. The meeting has been organised by ICLEI in association with the EESC's Sustainable Development Observatory and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
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