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Urban Transitions Alliance

Supporting industrial legacy cities to identify common challenges, share knowledge and co-create solutions to guide their sustainable transitions

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Urban Transitions Alliance

The Urban Transitions Alliance, an initiative led by ICLEI, and funded by the Stiftung Mercator, presents an opportunity for industrial legacy cities across the world to demonstrate and advance their commitment to sustainable urban development.

Since the first industrial revolution, extractive and manufacturing industries have formed the backbone of many local economies and led to rapid urbanization of their surrounding areas. However, the industrial city as a model for urban development proved not to be sustainable.

Through the Urban Transitions Alliance, cities are part of a growing network and knowledge exchange hub of innovative urban transition policies and projects. The alliance supports industrial legacy cities to identify common challenges, share knowledge and co-create solutions to successfully guide their individual sustainable transitions. The Urban Transitions Alliance cities shape the exchange focus according to their most-pressing needs and interests, specifically as they relate to infrastructure, mobility, energy and social transitions.

Alliance cities

Having faced environmental, economic and social crises, industrial legacy cities are champions in reinventing themselves and turning challenges into opportunities. The Urban Transitions Alliance is guided by their joint vision of well-managed transitions towards a sustainable future, which centers on a healthy environment and just opportunities for their citizens.

Meet the cities

Reasons cities join the Urban Transitions Alliance

Alliance cities:

Gain access to solutions and knowledge to power their transition towards sustainability.

Attend events that offer global visibility.

Receive tools and training on managing urban transition processes to inform their strategy and action plan.

Work with experts from around the globe.

Shape the Urban Transitions Alliance to their needs by selecting topics and defining aims.

Become pioneers for sustainable transitions and pave the way for other industrial legacy cities to follow.

How to join

Join the Urban Transitions Alliance to gain access to knowledge sharing, valuable contacts, work results and events – and to set an agenda designed to address the most pressing challenges shared by cities with industrial legacies.

For more information, contact urban.transitions@iclei.org or visit urbantransitions.org

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