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Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization

We live in an increasingly urban world; 68% of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2050. Cities generate most of the world’s GDP, but also use most of its natural resources. Innovation and technology can be harnessed to both enhance urban economic productivity, and reduce environmental impact. The Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization will focus on the governance and policy, financial models, technologies, and public engagement required to enable the sustainable development of our cities and to capitalize on the opportunity presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization: Call for Submissions until Monday 25th March 2019

The World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization would like to invite you to submit examples of smart and sustainable city projects or solutions that have been successfully implemented and scaled.

Introduction

We are living in an increasingly urban world with 68% of the world’s population estimated to live in cities by 2050. While cities are engines of the global economy accounting for 80% of GDP, then also produce 75% of CO2. If cities are transition and meet the SDGs, New Urban Agenda and Paris agreement, they need to leverage smart and sustainable innovation and technology.

However, more than a decade after cities started applying smart and sustainable city projects and solutions, we are primarily seeing the roll out of small pilot projects, funded by municipalities and research and innovation grants, which are designed to test innovations and technologies. This approach often results in projects failing to move beyond the pilot stage, with few sustainable, scalable, repeatable solutions.

Do you have a city project or solution that has proven to be innovative, sustainable, scalable and repeatable? If yes, help us to bring this to the attention of city leaders around the world, by submitting your ideas before Monday 25 March 2019. The Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization will then shortlist the most impactful examples, which will be featured in their forthcoming publication.

What are we looking for?

1. We are looking for city projects and solutions that relate to the following thematic areas:

2. City projects or solutions that have embraced public private cooperation and are:

  • Novel, innovative or future-oriented
  • Scalable and proven to have a positive impact on social, environmental and economic aspects of the city
  • Leveraged agile and smart governance, policy, technology, business models and financing
  • Overcome internal capacity problems within the city authority
  • Overcome barriers to advancing and scaling urban innovation and technology

How to submit your city project or solution?

Please fill out the submission form by clicking HERE.

Thank you for your participation, if your submission is shortlisted we will notify you in April 2019. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us, email: citiesand4ir@weforum.org

Co-Chairs:

Abha Joshi-Ghani, Senior Adviser, Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships and Guarantees, World Bank

Carlo Ratti, Director, SENSEable City Laboratory, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Council Managers:

· Alice Charles, Project Lead, Cities, Global Leadership Fellow, Alice.Charles@weforum.org

· Sofiat Akinola, System Initiatives Management Coordination, Sofiat.Akinola@weforum.org