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About the Congress

More than ever before, the “Sustainable Development Goals” feature high on the political agenda. But why are they so crucial for cities, towns and regions? Because they ensure that the right choices are made today to improve the quality of life for future generations. Because they instil a spirit of partnership to tackle shared challenges. And because they provide a checklist to build fairer, healthier and more sustainable societies across the globe.
However, although the implementation of the SDGs is advancing at a good pace, the clock is ticking… 
That’s why, ten years ahead of the SDGs global deadline, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) invites you to its congress with the motto: “Local action. Global shift. Living the Sustainable Development Goals.”
One of a kind, the congress will bring together the whole SDG family in one place. Mayors, local and regional leaders, national governments, scholars, representatives from EU institutions and civil society: over 1000 participants are expected in Innsbruck.
A stimulating and varied programme
Through masterclasses, TED-style talks and interactive sessions, get a hands-on experience on how to design tailor-made strategies to reach the global goals. Engage in small group discussion on how to finance sustainable development or adapt to the impacts of climate change. Exchange with mayors on how the SDGs transformed their cities. Explore how decentralised cooperation can be upgraded through the SDGs.
Experts will also offer you invaluable insights and proven strategies on how to master monitoring and make sure you are on the right track for 2030.
But not only that! Numerous off-site sessions and walks through the enchanting streets of Innsbruck will be organised, including on mobility and public transport, energy efficiency, water management, sustainable housing, sport and recreation space.
What are the SDGs?
In September 2015, the United Nations’ 193 Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a shared blueprint and a new horizon for our most pressing challenges.
For instance, SDG 5 calls for gender equality, and SDG 11 calls for sustainable cities and communities. These are big goals, which apply to the whole world. All 17 Goals interconnect, and in order to leave no one and no place behind, we must achieve each Goal and target by 2030.
Why do the SDGs matter?
​Because people and places matter. The success of the SDGs and Agenda 2030 means a more equal and prosperous society for all. They call for urgent global action at all levels of governance, and provide a checklist to make sure that we are on the right track towards a more sustainable future.
Agenda 2030 is a shared agenda that requires a collective response, with towns, cities, regions and countries developing their own pathways to reach their goals – and achieve concrete impact on the ground.