A sustainable city is marked by a green economy, a healthy and happy community, smart infrastructure, and are biodiverse, low-carbon, resilient and resource-efficient.
ICLEI’s overarching goal is the creation of Sustainable Cities. Sustainable cities work towards an environmentally, socially, and economically healthy and resilient habitat for existing populations, without compromising the ability of future generations to experience the same. They aim for sustainability in a comprehensive and inclusive manner. They integrate policies across sectors to connect their ecological and social goals with their economic potential, rather than addressing challenges through fragmented approaches that meet one goal at the expense of others.
ICLEI South Asia contributes to creating sustainable cities in the region by empowering local communities to manage natural resources appropriately and removing barriers to sustainable development, by promoting an understanding of the links between poverty and environment, and by mainstreaming and building capacity on the use of appropriate and environment-sensitive management instruments to achieve poverty alleviation.