Germany’s National Urban Development Policy is a joint initiative of the federal, state and the local level. Its main strategic basis is the 2007 Leipzig Charter on sustainable European cities, which champions the notion of integrated urban development. The successor document, the 2020 New Leipzig Charter, emphasises the transformative power of cities for the common good.

Key documents

The New Leipzig Charter

Endorsed by Ministers responsible for urban matters during the German EU Council Presidency in 2020, the New Leipzig Charter is a non-binding strategic document fostering integrated urban development for the common good. Setting out a catalogue of “key principles of good urban governance”, it provides a framework for all urban policy actors striving for more resilient and sustainable cities and urban areas. The Charter is complemented by a second document called “Implementing the New Leipzig Charter through Multi-Level Governance: Next steps for the Urban Agenda for the EU”.

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German National Urban Policy

A joint initiative of the federal, state and the local level, Germany’s National Urban Policy provides an opportunity for all stakeholders, ranging from governmental level, public authorities, planning professions, NGOs, business to the scientific community, to have their say on cities’ living environments, urban qualities and good governance. It rests on three pillars: good practice, a platform for exchange and knowledge transfer, and experimental (pilot) projects funded by the ministry to support innovative approaches in urban development.

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