The year 2020 marks a turning point in the global battle
for sustainable development, with cities once again at
the centre as home to a growing majority of the world’s
population. On the one hand, the world is entering the
Decade of Action, the ten-year period during which
national and local governments, the private sector and
civil society must accelerate their efforts to deliver on the
promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for
accelerating sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest
challenges—ranging from poverty and gender-based
discrimination to climate change, inequality and closing
the finance gap. By 2030, countless local actions, the vast
majority taken in cities or by city leaders, must collectively
add up to a global shift toward a more sustainable future
that reduces poverty, improves health outcomes, expands
access to education and reduces carbon emissions, among
other societal challenges.

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