Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow
Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow
Council mission and objectives
COVID-19 has already significantly altered urban life, both physically and socially. From temporarily widened sidewalks, replacing car parking spaces and roadway with cycleways, to allowing restaurants to expand into the street to enable social distancing, these changes are transforming the urban streetscape. In parallel, citizens are demanding that cities are built back better to become liveable, sustainable and affordable, which requires action on climate and resilience, the provision of vital social infrastructure (health and housing) and the enabling digital infrastructure required for our new normal. This is set against record budget shortfalls, dwindling tax revenues and record unemployment, while health, sanitation and housing costs have accelerated, putting city budgets into deficit. The Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow will seek to identify how cities can be re-designed to build back better and provide the climate and resilience, social and digital infrastructure to do so, as well as rethinking traditional revenues and financing mechanisms to deliver liveable, sustainable and affordable cities.
Forum Council Manager:
- Alice Charles, Project Lead, Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Services Platform, World Economic Forum
Mobilizing thought leadership for impact
The Global Future Councils serve as a brain trust for leaders from government, business and civil society, and support the Forum’s mission by bringing together experts bound by a shared mission to discuss the most critical issues, generate insights and analysis, and collaborate in shaping agendas.
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How ‘work from anywhere’ can build the city of the future
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Getting in on the ground floor: how street-level lots could reinvigorate the post-COVID city
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Cities in Africa and Europe must lead in the recovery. Here's why
While African and European states struggle to find common ground in response to COVID-19, the continents' cities are working together to build back better
Here's how rising global risks will change our cities
COVID-19 exposed vulnerabilities and deep-rooted inequalities in cities, but with careful planning and investment they can become the new sustainability hubs.
Indian smart cities offer a model for pandemic recovery
These cities leveraged technology to coordinate between different city-level agencies to plan and monitor their COVID-19 emergency response.
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Read our reports on the range of issues we’re seeking to address
Net Zero Carbon Cities: An Integrated Approach
Making Affordable Housing a Reality in Cities
Agile Cities: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Industrial Internet of Things: Safety and Security Protocol
Circular Economy in Cities: Evolving the model for a sustainable urban future
Data Driven Cities: 20 Stories of Innovation
Migration and Its Impact on Cities
Harnessing Public-Private Cooperation to Deliver the New Urban Agenda
Reforms to Accelerate the Development of India’s Smart Cities: Shaping the Future of Urban Development & Services
Inspiring Future Cities & Urban Services: Shaping the Future of Urban Development & Services Initiative
Top Ten Urban Innovations
The Future of Urban Development Initiative: Dalian and Zhangjiakou Champion City Strategy
The Future of Urban Development Initiative: Tianjin Champion City Strategy
Global Agenda Council on Urbanization 2012-2014