A sustainable Europe requires long term perspectives. The ultimate objective of the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union was to draw attention on the global challenges of cities. For this reason, the Presidency drafted a policy document “Budapest Communiqué” that was discussed and commented by the Urban Development Group. The intention was to emphasise the importance of the environmental and social sustainability-related aspects of future development. The Budapest Communiqué is very much in line with important documents developed in the last years on sustainable and inclusive cities (Bristol Accord, Leipzig Charter, Marseilles Statement, Toledo Declaration). The Budapest Communiqué on European urban areas facing demographic and climate challenges was agreed by the Directors General responsible for urban development during their meeting on the 2nd May of 2011.
In course of the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the attention was drawn to some of the most pressing global challenges of urban areas. Having cross-border influence, demographic and climate challenges can only be tackled with international cooperation adjusting to the principles of sustainability. That is what the Budapest Communiqué on European Urban Areas Facing Demographic and Climate Challenges stands for. The document was accepted on 2nd May 2011 by the Directors General of the Member States responsible for urban development. Oops, an error occurred! Code: 202008120215253e8f0c0a.