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Welcome to the on-line information module on sustainable urban development! This information module is the result of the joint work of five leading organizations in the field of sustainable development, located all across the world. The focus of this on-line module is urban sustainability, which is highlighted both from a general (global) as well as from a more focused (local, regional) context.

The module is set up along the following major pillars:

  • Definitions and basics. Urban sustainable development is considered in many different ways - especially in different geographical/economical/social contexts. This section clarifies how the participating project partners approach the issue.
  • Advantages of sustainable cities. The issue is highlighted from a general point of view as well as from a regional context.
  • Major barriers hindering the progress towards sustainable cities.
  • Regional information. The module takes a closer look-at the following countries/continents: India, Africa, Europe, South America, Canada. Information was collected and compiled by organizations working in each geographical area.
  • Links to relevant resources on the Internet. A comprehensive collection of relevant Internet resources. Each link is accompanied by a short summary.
  • Project partners. The information for this module was compiled and edited by a group of collaborating environmental institutions and non-governmental organizations. This section gives you more information on these partners.

This on-line module was created within the framework of the Sustainable Development Communications Network, a knowledge network of seven of the world's leading sustainable development organizations seeking to accelerate the implementation of sustainable development through broader, integrated communications. Five of these organizations have produced a significant amount of information related to sustainable cities. This on-line module integrates this information and presents it in an integrated format.

The project was implemented by the generous support of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (Canada) and the Government of Japan.

Join the Sustainable Development Communications Network!
If your organization is interested in becoming an associate member in an active international community of organizations working in the field of environmentally sustainable development, please visit the SD Gateway - the one-stop information portal to sustainable development!

For an information brochure on sustainable cities please contact Gabor Heves at The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe.

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