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Sustainable Cities and Communities

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

  • [New] The UAE will focus on world-beating connectivity, and establish research & development that fast-tracks its low-carbon, clean energy ambitions while cementing its place as a country where people can live, work and thrive in smart, sustainable cities and communities. SNC Lavalin
  • [New] To meet the varying transportation needs of different countries, Nissan will collaborate with the most suitable partners to realize new mobility services for more efficient mobility in cities, as well as more sustainable mobility in rural areas. Auto Connected Car News
  • [New] The Partners for Rural Transformation, six rural-serving CDFIs spanning America's diverse rural populations, have committed to lifting rural and Native communities from persistent poverty toward sustainable economic opportunity. Urban Institute
  • [New] Water and Cities: Ensuring Sustainable Futures finds that city water systems in OECD countries will increasingly struggle with deteriorating plants and pipelines, pollution, and changing weather patterns. OECD
  • [New] We believe that responsible investment in sustainable forestry will preserve Africa's rich natural environment and is a key step toward addressing the climate emergency, while bringing prosperity and green jobs to rural communities. Global AgInvesting
  • [New] Cutting-edge research and development that will help design the cities of the future is a key feature of the Baden-Wurttemberg Pavilion - a wooden hybrid house that embodies the innovation and sustainability of the German region. Zawya
  • [New] If lands managed by Indigenous peoples globally have suffered less biodiversity loss, there is a real opportunity for metropolitan planning processes to engaging Indigenous peoples and their sustained relationship with nature, in designing resilient cities of the future. Metropolis
  • During the COP 26 summit in Glasgow, 138 countries have signed a declaration with the aim of to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation. Re Soil Foundation
  • Achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals could open up $12 trillion of market opportunities in food and agriculture, cities, energy and materials, and health and well-being, while creating 380 million new jobs by 2030. FNArena
  • The blue bond will help to create a supportive environment for sustainable ocean finance in Fiji, supporting projects that improve ocean health and support the livelihoods of coastal communities. GOV.UK
  • The UK will launch a £65 million Just Rural Transition support programme to help developing countries move towards more sustainable methods of agriculture and food production. GOV.UK
  • The recent strength in rural exports is expected to be sustained in the near term because of strong global demand, and as ongoing favourable weather conditions support a faster-than-expected herd rebuild and a lift in wool and crop production. Reserve Bank of Australia
  • In the declaration signed by Indonesia and more than 100 countries, leaders committed to working collectively to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation. The Guardian
  • Miami could support and rapidly create nearly 40,000 jobs by 2030 by investing in sustainable transport, renewable energy, making buildings more energy-efficient and future-proofing the city against climate impacts, such as building flood barriers. Cities Today
  • The impacts of COVID-19 are reshaping dramatically changing urban life around the world and how we think about cities: not only as economic and political centres but as places where urbanization and sustainability challenges must be addressed and various social sectors will play a fundamental role. Greenpeace International
  • By strengthening social and economic resilience and incorporating urban risks into marine planning, Mombasa can mitigate the threat posed by climate and ocean risks and build a resilient and sustainable future. Stimson Center
  • Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. TechRound
  • Significant and unplanned urbanization is degrading the terrestrial and marine environment, and climate change poses significant risks to Mombasa's and Dar es Salaam's residents, the blue economy, and the long-term sustainability of both cities. Stimson Center
  • The Glasgow Leaders' Declaration on Forests and Land Use commits signatories to work collectively to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030, while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation. SciDev.Net
  • As governments and cities introduce regulations and incentives to accelerate the shift to sustainable mobility, including a 50% EV target for 2030 by the Biden administration, automakers are quickly shifting their strategies. Robotics & Automation News
  • Climate change poses a major risk to the stability of the U.S. financial system and its ability to sustain the American economy, and may exacerbate financial system vulnerabilities, including among historically disadvantaged communities. Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Last updated: 05 December 2021