The aim of this Manual is to support mayors and urban managers as they try to foster sustainable urban development in their communities. Through this Manual we seek to place effective policy tools and best practices at their disposal. This support is essential because cities are at the forefront of finding and testing development solutions. Cities are the most vibrant centres of human energy and creativity. They are at the nexus of new ideas, innovation and the knowledge economy. Moreover, cities are at the leading edge of efforts to address the challenges of climate change, and it is in cities that initiatives of the new green economy are being piloted.
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