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The UN sets the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to tackle extreme poverty and hunger, prevent deadly diseases, and expand primary education to all children, among other development priorities. They were the genesis of the current SDGs


Today, the SDGs are a bold commitment to finish what we have started and address the most pressing issues facing the world today. We work hard for a more sustainable, safe and prosperous planet, leaving no one behind.


The Agenda 2030 sets out the Sustainable Development Goals which are a universal call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. Among the goals these SPOs set to achieve this end are: eradicating extreme poverty for all people in the world, ending hunger, ensuring the healthy life and well-being of people, ensuring quality education for children and decent work, reviewing economic policies to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities or achieve gender equality.

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Replicate, Stardust

Replicate: A Smart City lighthouse project

REPLICATE: this project has been approved under the Horizon2020 Programme’s Smart Cities call for proposals, whose main objective is to build a sustainable city business model to promote the transition to a smart city.
STARDUST: its objective is to test solutions aimed at increasing overall energy efficiency and improving the quality of life in lighthouse cities (Pamplona – Spain, Tampere – Finland and Trento – Italy) and follower cities (Derry – United Kingdom, Kozani – Greece and Litomerice – Czech Republic), as well as stimulating the local economy and generating new business models. This will be achieved by applying the ‘Intelligent City’ concept: integrating the building, energy and electric mobility sectors.

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