Sustainable Malmö

About Malmö

The City of Malmö is the commercial center of southern Sweden and truly an international city with about 350,000 inhabitants representing over 180 different nationalities. A city with an industrial past, Malmö has transformed itself into a thriving knowledge city which supports its young, inquisitive and creative population – almost half of Malmö’s residents are under the age of 35.

Over the last years Malmö has received many international awards for its focus on sustainable urban development and pilot projects such as Augustenborg, the Western Harbour, as well as the major development area of Hyllie. Malmö was also appointed the first Fairtrade City of Sweden. An ICLEI Member since 1996, Malmö is working actively for sustainability initiatives and is the first city in Sweden that has publicly announced the commitment to implement the UN SDG’s.

Committed to sustainable urban planning

Malmö strives to be a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable city and an attractive place to live and work. These three areas of sustainability work in mutual symbiosis and cooperation. It is vital for the development of Malmö to create a socially balanced city with good living conditions for all its citizens, driving a dynamic, diverse and responsible local economy, all of which built upon principles of resource efficiency and environmental robustness, protecting the needs of future generations.

Malmö’s Comprehensive Plan drives the long-term strategy for the city, steering Malmö along its committed journey of embedding sustainability at the heart of its urban planning.

Learn more about Sustainable Urban Planning in Malmö.

Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the City of Malmö signed ‘A Declaration of Cities’ Commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda’, committing to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by approving an integrated and holistic development strategy by 2020 – a Local 2030 Agenda. This ambition will be achieved by integrating the SDGs in the City Council’s goals and as part of the budget process. By integrating the SDGs in the city’s steering and management systems, it will become clear in what way the city operations and activities contribute to a more sustainable city and world.