Global Future Council on the Future of Cities
Global Future Council on the Future of Cities
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
Charlotte Boutboul, Lead, Urban Transformation, World Economic Forum
Giovanna Antoniazzi, Specialist, Urban Transformation, 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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Open data is a game changer for cities worldwide — here's how to use it best
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3 tips for how cities can be more entrepreneurial
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Read our reports on the range of issues we’re seeking to address
Accelerating Urban Inclusion for a Just Recovery
Delivering Climate Resilient Cities Using a Systems Approach
Rethinking City Revenue and Finance
Using Digital Technology for a Green and Just Recovery in Cities
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