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Let’s look at what is happening in this SDG’s 4 key areas: Cities, Food, Population and Energy. Cities: a great example of a smart and green city is Stockholm, which has been implementing sustainable practices already for many years. In 2009, the city was awarded the Intelligent Community of the year award, marking the community’s efforts to methodically and substantially redefine the possibilities of urban living and set an example of how technology can play a role to enhance economic and social development. Only one year later, Stockholm was the first city to receive the European Green Capital award by the EU Commission. This award prizes the city’s integrated administrative system that guarantees that environmental aspects are considered in budgets, operational planning, reporting and monitoring. Moreover, it also set a role model for environmental standards: Stockholm had managed to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 25% per inhabitant between 1990 and 2010 and set the goal to become fossil-fuel-free by 2050. Community participation is also very high, with a yearly average of 100 kg of recycled waste per citizen. Moreover, according to the SDG Index, Sweden is the country that has reached more SDGs in the world.