Sustainable cities and communities

By 2030, 60 per cent of the global population will reside in cities. As dense hubs of global activity, cities present some of the greatest challenges among the Sustainable Development Goals. From housing, public health, and employment, to natural resource consumption and transportation, achieving the SDGs will hinge on urban planning initiated now.

UNU research on sustainable urbanisation seeks to overcome the tendency to treat urban issues (such as governance, water, waste, health, economic development, or vulnerability to natural hazards) as discrete problems and instead find integrated, interdisciplinary solutions.

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Digital Platform Government, an evolving digital transformation of South Korea

This seminar is about South Korea’s digital government status marked by a well-developed infrastructure of digital governance.



Symposium Promotes Cultural and Natural Heritage for Sustainability

UNU-IAS expert presented at the 2023 General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites in Sydney.

15 Sep 2023

Media Coverage

Article Highlights Satoyama Initiative Contribution to “30x30” Conservation Target

EIC published an article focusing on the Satoyama Initiative.

29 Aug 2023

Blog Post

What Could a Successful Summit of the Future Look Like in 2024?

Defining broad criteria for a Summit that builds greater trust and reduces acute risks.

24 Aug 2023


World Water Week Session on Sustainable Urban Water for Health and Well-being

The event highlighted the role of water management in bolstering resilience, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability.

21 Aug 2023


Policy Brief Offers Guidance for Cities to Better Access Climate Finance

Recommendations for local policy makers on designing and managing city climate finance to unlock investments and deliver implementation.

26 Jul 2023