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New: Quick Tips guide on green cities

A new guidance note is now available to assist partner countries and EU staff at headquarters and in delegations with planning programmes that make the world's cities greener.

New: Quick Tips guide on Green Mobility

The series of ‘Quick Tips’ publications is produced to support DG DEVCO and EU Delegation staff with the integration of environment and climate change into sectoral programming.

EU GREEN WEEK 2018 - 21-25 May 2018

GREEN CITIES FOR A GREENER FUTURE The next edition of EU Green Week will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, waste and water management, it will promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future. EU Green Week 2018 will include events across Europe, a high level conference in Brussels from 22-24 May 2018, and Opening and Closing events (21 and 25 May) to take place in the Member States. These High Level Opening and Closing events will have a particular prominence, setting the tone for the week's debates, and showcasing political conclusions at the end.

Global pollution kills 9 million people a year

Air pollution is the largest contributor to premature death. A landmark study published in the Lancet in 2017- with EU support - estimates that 6.5 million deaths worldwide in 2015 were caused by air pollution from sources such as coal plants, industry, transport, household fires (16% of all deaths globally).

Fifth Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference

The Fifth Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference will be hosted by the World Bank on the topic of sustainable infrastructure. Infrastructure includes water supply and sanitation, flood protection, roads and transport, and energy and telecommunications. Infrastructure has major implications at the household level (health, education and social mobility), the business level (productivity, industrial development), and the global level (climate change, energy, forests, biodiversity and pollution). Ensuring affordable and reliable access to infrastructure remains a major challenge in developing countries, but one that is further complicated by both a changing climate and changing climate policies.