In a declaration adopted on 23 March at their fifth annual summit, cities and regions committed to start the transition to a green economy through a bottom-up approach, but asked for a decentralisation of power from the national level as well as financial support from Brussels.
Representatives of regions made a total of eight requests to EU leaders which they claimed would help develop more inclusive, competitive and greener cities, a legacy they hope to leave at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.
Countries will be asked in Brazil to start making the transition to green economies and sign up to 10 new sustainable development goals at the 20-22 June event.
“This vision of tomorrow’s cities, the role of urban policy and the European social model should be upheld and championed at the Rio+20 Earth Summit and within other sustainable development initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors,” the so-called Copenhagen declaration says.
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