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In order to reach a sustainable society, it is neccesary to integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning. It is vital to improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation but also to strengthen global resilience and adaptive capacities to the effects of global warming.

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For the last two decades, the Congress has been working on the different aspects related to the quality of the environment, the impact of climate change on citizen’s lives and energy transition.

The basic premise of Congress action is that local and regional authorities are required to adopt strategies to respond to environmental challenges and adapt their communities accordingly. This approach is carried out through the improvement of education, awareness and human and institutional capacities, as well as progress in fields such as transport, recycling, water and waste management, production and consumption of local products and tourism.

 

The texts adopted by the Congress relevant to SDG 13 have been grouped below under three headings:

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The clear links between human rights and environmental protection are evidenced by several decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. Addressing the environmental challenge is one of the priorities of the Congress, whose activities aim to guarantee communities the right to be consulted and involved in the development of national strategies for a healthy environment.