Sustainable development pioneer cities meet at Davos

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2019-01-24 10:00

The City of Espoo is one of the pioneering cities implementing the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Representatives from Espoo and the other pioneering cities are currently holding a meeting as part of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Espoo was the first city in the world to sign an agreement with the UN to become a forerunner city. The forerunners aim to implement the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2025. The City of Oslo has for example also announced its decision to sign the agreement.

“Cooperation between cities, residents, universities and companies is the key to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. When it comes to the City of Espoo, our strategy called the Espoo Story and our cooperation with the Aalto University are great examples of our sustainability efforts,” said Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor of Espoo, in his opening remarks.

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to ensure sustainable development across the world. It includes 17 goals and 169 targets. A total of 25 cities were appointed as sustainable development pioneers in autumn 2018. Espoo was invited to join the university cities category with Cambridge (UK), Heidelberg (Germany), Noida (India) and Palo Alto (US). The cities commit to act as sustainable development forerunners and to involve their residents in these efforts as well. Each city will lead the development of at least one of the 17 goals. Espoo will focus on learning, education and innovation.

Markkula ja Mäkelä SDG-tapaamisessa Davosissa 2019
Chair of the Board Markku Markkula (left) and Mayor Jukka Mäkelä (right) represent Espoo in the meeting of the SDG-cities in Davos.