Governance & Citizenship

Governance & Citizenship

Governance & Citizenship

In cities, everything is closely connected, thus problems tend to multiply, though so too can smart solutions. Cities can exploit positive synergies, or struggle with negative ones. Those that are well-governed and well-designed are usually more sustainable along every dimension. Responsible decisions for people and environment often pay for themselves.

Good stewardship is its own reward
Some cities started improving the environment early and have subsequently developed comprehensive strategies for sustainable development. This has led to paradigm shifts, such as moving from fossil fuel to renewables, and from road to rail transport. These shifts need good governance and mediation among economic interests, given the potential for employment and green economic development. Creativity and determination, supported by good science, networks, and stakeholder participation, are critical ingredients for achieving this shift.



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