Athens to improve the standard of living and achieve ambitious sustainability targets

Athens municipality has joined forces with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to assess the sustainability status of the Greek capital based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The aim of this partnership is to improve the standard of living and achieve ambitious sustainability targets.

For this reason, mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis met with GSTC Director for the Mediterranean Ioannis Pappas and executives, who carried out over 70 on-the-spot inspections in neighborhoods, parks, museums and archaeological sites, and municipal services.

Mayor Bakoyannis stated: “The certification of Athens as a sustainable tourist destination will offer the city greater dynamic as it will now be able to compete with major European destinations both in terms of quality of life and of destination management”.

He went on to announce upgrade projects in the pipeline including the overhaul of Lycabettus Hill, the National Park, Strefi Hill, and Acadimia Platonos (Platos Academy) as of the Acropolis Hill. He also referred to ongoing initiatives such as the city’s Pocket Parks project and the urban regeneration of the Alexandras Ave and Votanikos, reports GTP.

 

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