The Basque Declaration & New Pathways for European Cities and Towns to Create Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities


The Basque Declaration is now open for endorsement

Whether you represent a city or an organisation, or you are a citizen concerned about sustainable development and the future of our urban areas, you can now endorse the Basque Declaration, which outlines new pathways to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities and towns for a liveable and inclusive Europe.

The Basque Declaration, acclaimed by the participants of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns held in the Basque Country from 27-29 April 2016, is an important step following the Aalborg Charter (1994) and the Aalborg Commitments (2004).

The Basque Declaration aims to create stable and productive cities and towns and a good quality of life for citizens. It highlights the necessity and desire of local leaders to think outside the box and find innovative ways to economically and socially engage with civil society in order to meet economic, environmental and social challenges.

A total of 15 pathways across three categories – socio-cultural transformation, socio-economic transformation and technological transformation – are at the heart of the Basque Declaration. They aim to inspire transformative actions from local authorities, organisations and individuals.

If your city is interested in endorsing the Basque Declaration as pathways to push transformation from the local level, or if your organisation supports the 15 pathways in the Basque Declaration to co-create more productive, sustainable and resilient cities, or if you, as a citizen, agree on the need for a technological, socio-economic and socio-cultural transformation of our societies, we encourage you to endorse the Basque Declaration.