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Cities’ Role in Sustainability

A collection of “how-to briefs on advancing the Sustainable Development Goals locally” has recently been published, presenting UN-SDG11 related good-practice examples from various cities.

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities today and the figure is expected to rise 60% by 2030 and to almost 70% by 2050. While the cities are drivers of economic growth in a country, containing most of the business, they are also main generators of waste and pollution. Many big cities around the world have the problem of inadequate infrastructure and overwhelmed public-service-systems, as well as related societal challenges, due to the excessive number of residents they accommodate. Not surprisingly, they are also hit in the worst way by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As cities have a big share in global climate crisis and social challenges, Sustainable Cities and Communities is on the agenda of UN SDGs, with the goal of “making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. The targets include not only the decrease in the environmental impact of cities, but also the solving of many community problems generated by unplanned urbanization of the last decades (UN SDG 11).

Related to that, a collection of “how-to briefs on advancing the Sustainable Development Goals locally” has recently been published by the Brookings Institution and presents interesting examples of how SDGs can be used as a framework while working on issues such as urban violence or gender equality in the public sphere (Read More).

While tackling the issue of sustainable cities, contribution from various stakeholders, including not only the local government bodies in a city, but also businesses with innovative solution-ideas, is definitely needed. In our project, GT4SME, we aim to support SMEs and start-ups in bringing their innovative ideas to life. Contact our project team to receive further information and support.

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