The SDG 11 and the New Urban Agenda reaffirm the global commitment to sustainable urban development as a critical step for realising sustainable development in an integrated and coordinated manner at all levels of governance, with the participation of all relevant actors and stakeholders. In order to win the battle for sustainable cities, the concerned actors should not be tempted to play as a “single rider”. In addition to the promotion of a global solidarity on a planetary scale - especially to face the pandemic and its impact, in the spirit of the SDG 17, the implementation of the global commitments call today, more than ever, to invest, develop, implement and share innovative, smart, customised approaches, in particular regarding the territorial approach of urban local development, financing urban development, and building resilience.
Joining efforts and cooperating around Innovative and Sustainable Cities
At WUF 10, participants committed to join efforts and cooperate in order to learn from each other and insisted on the need to draw lessons from experiences already implemented.
In a world marked by multidimensional challenges, the scarcity of resources and the lack of skills and experience, we need to support each other, to join our efforts and to cooperate so as not to reinvent the wheel. Cities, particularly in developing countries and in Africa, need to engage in City-to-City peer learning, learn and rely on a diversity of actors and stakeholders who have already implemented innovative and smart initiatives and methodologies to make cities smart, green, sustainable and resilient.