Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities
In 2007, the European Ministers for Urban Development and Regional Planning adopted the 'Leipzig Charter for a Sustainable European Cities' in Leipzig. The aim of the Leipzig Charter 2007 was to establish a city-wide Integrated Urban Development in order to strengthen and further develop European cities. A special focus was also placed on districts with special requirements for development.
After years of decline in Eastern Germany in the 1990s, Leipzig underwent a fundamental transformation - moving towards dynamic growth with an attractive city centre, high quality of life, a good economy and excellent culture. Strategic urban development and a committed civil society were key factors for successful development.
The City of Leipzig is committed to sustainable and future-proof development in accordance with the principles of the Leipzig Charter. This includes integrated strategic urban development processes, a place-based approach that supports strengths and addresses challenges at the neighbourhood level, and the commitment of civil society, stakeholders and politicians. It is, therefore, a great honour that the Charter was named after the city and signed in Leipzig.
In the last decade, global changes have strongly influenced local communities in cities around the world: climate change, global migration patterns, social diversification and increasing socio-economic inequalities, as well as opportunities and risks of increased digitalisation. The global community has responded to these challenges with the creation of 'Sustainable Development Goals' as part of the 'Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development' as well as the United Nations "New Urban Agenda". The EU has also set out its strategic objectives as part of the 'EU Strategy for Sustainable Development' and with special attention to the urban context as part of the 'Urban Agenda for the EU / Pact of Amsterdam'.
The Leipzig Charter is currently being updated in light of these developments under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. The 'Leipzig Charter 2.0' will be signed at an informal ministerial meeting in Leipzig in December 2020 as part of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Together with other German cities, the City of Leipzig is actively contributing its experience to the national discussion process on the further development of the Leipzig Charter.
Further international conferences will take place before the informal ministerial meeting to provide a perspective on the content of the updated Leipzig Charter:
- EUROCITIES Annual General Meeting in Leipzig from 4 to 6 November 2020
- The 'Sustainable & Resilient Urban-Rural Partnerships - URP2020' from 25 to 27 November 2020 in Leipzig