Cities will be the primary incubator of the cultural, social, and political innovations which shape our planet.
According to Benjamin Barber cities will become increasingly important in the transition towards a global sustainable society. Also Antwerp, home base of Antwerp-ITCCO, wants to play his role in this challenging era of climate change, poverty and trafficking of drugs, weapons and people.
With the Melbourne Principles also the UN Global Compact developed a cities programme, stimulating cities to uphold the Global Compact Standards.
City of Antwerp
Antwerp signed the European Covenant of Mayors and participated in international projects as the Earth Hour city challenge and European Green Capital. With Citylab2050 (Stadslab2050) the city has created a laboratory to incubate innovative ideas and projects in order to make the city future proof.