Future of Cities

The COVID-19 crisis has intensified the political, economic and social challenges facing the world – and cities are at the center of this global crisis.

There is no going back in time; rather, cities will need rethink their strategies for economic growth, recalibrate their approaches to providing city services and jumpstart the recovery to build back better and become more liveable, sustainable, resilient and affordable. 

The Future of Cities initiative was created to help catalyze public-private collaboration on these matters while also advancing new frameworks and policy tools for improved planning.

Key components of this work include:

The G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance unites municipal, regional and national governments, private-sector partners and cities’ residents around a shared set of principles for the responsible and ethical use of smart city technologies. Our institutional partners represent more than 200,000 cities and local governments, leading companies, startups, research institutions, and civil society communities. Learn more here.

The Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow is foremost multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary knowledge network for promoting innovative thinking to shape the cities of tomorrow. It is comprised of 40 leading city experts from city government, business, civil society and academia. Learn more here.

Net Zero Carbon Cities brings together stakeholders from 10 industry sectors alongside academia, civil society and government to explore and deliver exemplar solutions and strategies to reduce carbon emissionsthrough energy efficient buildings and technology, smart energy infrastructure, and clean electrification. Learn more here.

Infrastructure 4.0 is an initiative of the World Economic Forum supported by the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub), a G20 organization focused on driving an ambitious agenda on sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructure. Learn more here.

For more information on this work and engagement opportunities, please email cities@weforum.org.

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