European Union External Action

Creating the Cities of the Future

04/06/2019 - 16:43
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Cities emit 70 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide, and by the year 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Although they represent a significant part of the climate crisis, cities also have the opportunity to be a critical part of the climate change solution. Many cities throughout the United States and Europe have been pioneering innovative technologies and new solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and becoming “smart cities.”

Creating the Cities of the Future was the subject of the Climate Diplomacy Week event hosted by the EU Delegation to the U.S. and the Embassy of Sweden on May 29, 2019. During Climate Diplomacy Weeks, EU Delegations and embassies of several EU Member States around the world hold various events to foster dialogue and cooperation on climate change, showcase success stories and inspire further action.

Moderator David Livingston, Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy at the Atlantic Council kicked off the event with a quote from President John F. Kennedy: “We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation.” This introduction set the stage as environmental leaders, green infrastructure experts, and city leaders from the DC metropolitan area and around the world gathered to discuss the role of smart cities in combating climate change and to address the challenges of promoting sustainable growth in cities of different sizes and socioeconomic levels.

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