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 pavements, 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 enabling the 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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Read our reports on the range of issues we’re seeking to address
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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
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Global Agenda Council on Urbanization 2012-2014