Green Urban Economy: Agenda Setting for the Urban Future

  • Monika Zimmermann
  • Richard Simpson
Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 3)


Irrespective of a lack in any clear outcome from Rio+20 on Green Economy, or rather in the absence of any inter-national agreement thereon, the Green Urban Economy approach still embodies a call to local actors to investigate in particular economic benefits from environmental and social actions. It is a political and practice oriented concept, which connects the global significance of economic activities in urban centers and metropolitan regions with the challenges of the future. The proximity to economically active citizens and companies provide local governments a particular opportunity to realize their responsibility for city development and planning, which can influence private actions and lifestyles, as well as framework conditions for economic activities.


Agenda setting Rio+20 Introduction Green urban economy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICLEI – Local Governments for SustainabilityBonnGermany

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