Global Future Council on the Future of Cities

Council Description

Cities are the engine of the global economy and home to a growing majority of the world’s population. In the face of increasing global challenges, from inequality to climate change, how can cities advance and inform more inclusive and sustainable models of urban development?

The Global Future Council on Cities 2023-2024 will focus on the urban affordability crisis – a widespread and multifaceted global challenge that highlights systemic injustices and deepens inequities. The Council will curate and advance promising interventions that catalyse impact and action to address this crisis and can be used by public, private, and civil society stakeholders to drive change.

Carlo Ratti, Director, SENSEable City Laboratory, MIT - Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Undersecretary‐General of the United Nations; Executive Director, UN Habitat

Council Manager
Kristy Henrich Klein, Specialist, Urban Transformation, World Economic Forum

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