Justice, Equity & Democracy

Sustainable urban development needs to be just, ensuring equitable access to our limited resources, and ‘leaving no one behind’. This is critical for a number of reasons, including to gain community support and acceptance. Energy transitions and efforts to reduce the consumption of natural resources must be governed and organised in a just way.

ICLEI Europe supports cities to integrate social equity and justice into their plans and policies, including through the implementation of Local Green Deals, and by leveraging their procurement of goods and services to contribute to socially responsible supply-chains.

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Justice, Equity & Democracy Factsheet

Supporting cities in implementing the European Green Deal through participatory processes, for example in the Fair Local Green Deal project.

Supporting a growing community through peer learning opportunities and micro-grants, including in the UrbanCommunity project.

Taking part in an ever-growing number of research and innovation projects on how to include vulnerable groups in just transition. Get a glimpse at just two of those projects: ACCTING and EC2.



“Transitions will never be sustainable – able to be sustained long-term – unless they account for vulnerable groups. Plus, ensuring that cities are just is simply the right thing to do, and even a moral obligation.”


Tom Meeuws, Vice-Mayor, Antwerp (Belgium)





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