City2City Network invites you to lead, learn, and experiment to build and ensure the cities we live are sustainable, inclusive, and resilient. If this is what drives you to visit us, you are in the right place. City2City Network is a peer-to-peer learning platform - it provides curated information and brings together cities and experts to design solutions for urban challenges collectively. It facilitates engagement among cities for knowledge exchange and approaches for building inclusive cities.
Cities around the world are the host of 2 out of every 3 persons globally. Cities offer tremendous opportunities for jobs and livelihoods. Our cities are dynamic, however, they face diverse challenges for society, economy, and environment.
Administered by the United Nations Development Programme, City2City Network focuses on enriching the following key areas:
Urban informal economy
Understanding the informal economy is critical if one wants to better understand the political, economic and social ecosystem around rural and urban interlinkages.
Urban circular economy
Circular economy aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible, to extract maximum economic value from them whilst in use and keeping materials out of landfills and incinerators,
City digital transformation
The availability of more and faster internet connections, satellite data and imagery, advances in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, cryptocurrency, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things are transforming our cities at every level.
Urban climate action & energy
Cities produce three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and consume over two-thirds of the energy supply. Globally, 70% of cities are already dealing with effects of climate change, and nearly all are at risk of natural disasters.
In today’s world, many fast-growing cities are highly exposed to disaster and climate-related risks. The frequency and magnitude of urban disaster and climatic events are increasing with an exponential spike in economic losses from disasters in urban centers (UNISDR 2013 and 2011, and IFRC 2010).
Rapidly growing cities in developing countries are struggling to provide the infrastructure, services and governance systems needed by their increasing populations as they deal with competing priorities and demands.
Local economic development
Cities actively promote local economic development by creating employment opportunities that build on the comparative advantages and unique qualities of their localities.
Municipal financing for development
The role of municipal finance in financing sustainable development is high. Many of the investments needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda are made at the subnational level, especially by cities.
URBAN POVERTY AND SPATIAL INEQUALITIES
Rapid urbanization and rural-urban migration are increasing the share of the world’s poor living in urban areas.