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Sustainable Cities and Communities

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

  • [New] The new cloud region in Toronto marks another key milestone that will propel TELUS' digital leadership by further leveraging the scalability, reliability and cost effectiveness of Google Cloud to support improved customer experience and build stronger, healthier and more sustainable communities. Google Cloud Blog
  • [New] With the number of people in urban areas projected to swell by 2.5 billion over the next 30 years - growing from more than half of the global population to 68% by 2050 - cities will play an important role in ensuring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable cities: Plotting a smart, resilient route to the urban future
  • [New] According to Drive Sustainability's recent study on automotive and electronic industry supply chains, materials mass-processed in China, such as zinc, may be contributing to pollution in surrounding water resources, soils and crops of local communities and pose serious health hazards there. ETF Trends
  • Risks to the sustainability of cities include changes in the global hydrologic cycle and water deficits in rural areas that drive agricultural workers to urban areas. World Bank
  • The City of Pittsburgh knows that it is critical to approach inclusive procurement with a lens of sustainability in order to create opportunities to realize the 2030 climate action goals. CityTalk
  • The new 2019-2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy outlines the Government of Canada's sustainable development priorities and goals that will promote clean growth, ensure healthy ecosystems, and build safe, secure and sustainable communities across Canada over the next 3 years. Government of Canada
  • In the global race to carbon-neutral economies by 2050, Canada continues to build on its long-term competitive advantage by focusing on environmental sustainability and clean growth while supporting workers and communities. Government of Canada
  • MPD-41 strategises sustainable development and by 2030 (the prospective year for achievement of SDHs), Delhi would have achieved a lot to be a torchbearer of sustainable development for other cities. eGov Magazine
  • The ASEAN Transport Strategic Plan 2016-2025 cites intensified regional cooperation in the development of sustainable transport - related policies and strategies as one of its major goals, with promoting the use of public transport in ASEAN cities as a priority action. ASEAN
  • Smart and sustainable urbanisation has become an important part of ASEAN's efforts to raise the standards of living of its peoples and empower them to seize opportunities and tackle head on whatever challenges may arise in the coming years. ASEAN
  • If the world is serious about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reducing the risk and impact of droughts is crucial for ensuring poverty reduction, zero hunger, public health and well-being, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and sustainable cities and communities. Arab News
  • Understanding and quantifying how the climate system will change, and predicting its impact on communities in different regions of the U.S. and around the world, remains a massive scientific undertaking.
  • Kenya is among countries that welcomed the coming into place of the Paris agreement, that paved way to the establishment of sustainable smart cities that will provide the much-needed impetus to address climate change for a safer future. Zawya
  • Stuttgart's supercomputer, called Hawk, is an indispensible resource for cutting-edge research that is identifying new opportunities for saving energy, predicting the effects of climate change, or planning more sustainable cities. Universitat Stuttgart - TIK
  • Ensuring women have the right to own land could lift millions of people out of hunger, reduce rural poverty, and improve sustainable natural resource management. ESRI
  • There is a clear need to continue research to build sustainable and resilient cities to thereby achieve the sustainable development goals set by the UN and the European objective of carbon neutrality in 2050. MDPI
  • Modern, resilient, and sustainable port, airport, and freight infrastructure will support U.S. competitiveness by removing bottlenecks and expediting commerce and reduce the environmental impact on neighboring communities. The White House
  • Environmental protection, sustainable water management, and local communities' engagement will continue to be important challenges that will need to be taken into account in the sustainable development of Chile's lithium industry. International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • As the world, and cities, respond to and grapple with climate change threats, public health crises, and powerful calls for social justice, understanding the through lines that connect a city to its past, to its essence, will be more important than ever. Next City
  • German contributors saw opportunities to promote water management, preserving more water for use in the summer months. The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD)
  • By 2030, 30-40% of city surface area should consist of green or blue infrastructure - trees, urban forests and parks, along with sustainable urban drainage systems and permeable pavements. Smart Cities Connect,
  • Energy Transitions in Emerging Economies: The United States and Germany will collaborate to accelerate sustainable energy in emerging economies critical to tackling the climate crisis and preventing the use of energy as a coercive tool. The White House
  • The United States and Germany will invest in a sustainable economy that drives inclusive growth, supports communities, and creates good jobs and a healthy environment on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. The Hill

Last updated: 19 September 2021