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Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities

  title={Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities},
  author={Frauke Kraas and Claus Leggewie and Peter Lemke and Ellen Matthies and Dirk Messner and Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Sabine Schlacke and Uwe Schneidewind and Clara Brandi and Carsten Butsch and Sebastian Busch and Frederic Hanusch and Ruediger Haum and Melanie Jaeger-Erben and Maximilian K{\"o}ster and Mareike Kroll and Carsten J. Loose and Astrid Ley and Dirk Martens and Inge Paulini and Benno Pilardeaux and Teresa Schl{\"u}ter and G. Sch{\"o}neberg and Astrid Schulz and Anna Schwachula and Birgit Soete and B. Stephan and Jeffrey Sutter and Kira Vinke and Matthias Wanner},
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