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Mission & Vision

Mission Statement: Global Urban Challenges – Joint European Solutions

Today, it is more and more common to refer to current times as the urban age, which means that, on a planetary level, urban areas are the main loci that attract, process and channel the societal, cultural and economic matters at the core of human life. They act as regional innovation hubs. However, current forms of urbanisation are deeply unsustainable over most – if  not all – sectors and dimensions that make up contemporary urban life and with footprints way beyond what is commonly considered as urban. As economies of scales, the size, infrastructure, consumer behaviour, strategic planning and cross-sectoral policy instruments can be coordinated more efficiently in cities[1], getting our cities and urban areas right is hence the key to set the planet right[2],[3].

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement: Global Urban Challenges – Joint European Solutions
The JPI Urban Europe responds therefore to Global Urban Challenges by developing Joint European Solutions. Through joint actions, JPI Urban Europe aims to:

  • Enhance the capacities and knowledge on transition towards more sustainable, resilient and liveable urban developments.
  • Reduce the fragmentation in funding, research and urban development; to build critical mass to realise urban transition; and to
  • Increase the profile of European urban science, technology and innovation on the global stage.

JPI Urban Europe responds to the urgent need for ambitious, sustained and truly inter- and transdisciplinary research to radically improve our understanding of how socially, economically and environmentally sustainable our urban areas are; and to support Europe’s cities in their transition towards a future that maximises their sustainability, resilience and their liveability in this era of global competition for commerce, industry, tourism, labour and investment; to drive urban innovation and technologies.
Through its strategy and actions JPI Urban Europe contributes to the EU 2020 Strategy on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the EU Urban Agenda as well as to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


[1] IPCC (2014) Fifth assessment report,

[2] UN. (2014). Progress to date in the implementation of the outcomes of the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and identification of new and emerging challenges on sustainable urban development. Report of the Secretary-General of the Conference, A/CONF.226/PC.1/5, 26 July 2014. United Nations General Assembly

[3] JPI Urban Europe. (2015). Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda: Transition Towards Sustainable and Liveable Urban Futures;




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