Shaping urban transitions for better cities, better economic growth, and a better climate

The scale and pace of the global urban revolution currently underway cannot be underestimated. Cities are growing at an unprecedented rate, particularly in the developing world. By 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in urban areas, with nearly 90% of the growth in urban population occurring in Asia and Africa. And cities are powerhouses of the global economy, fundamental for driving national productivity and structural transformation. In 2015, about 85% of global GDP was generated in cities. 

Unfortunately, major barriers to unlocking the potential of cities for enhanced economic, social, and environmental prosperity still persist. Density in cities is projected to decrease by over a quarter globally by 2040, undermining the benefits of proximity associated with the interactions which create a vibrant market and fertile environment for innovation in ideas, technologies and processes. Moreover, many major cities continue to carry significant public service deficits in energy, water, transport and waste services, and in the least developed countries, the ‘urbanisation of poverty’ is a growing trend.

Potential will only be reached if the right policy and investment decisions are made at the national level over the next 15 years. This will require national decision-makers to have access to reliable, timely, and action-orientated evidence, supported by targeted and strategic engagement, to ensure that they make well-informed choices. This is where the Coalition comes in. 

Latest News

  • These are the latest announcements and releases from the Coalition for Urban Transitions.
  • New research: Global Review of Finance For Sustainable Urban Infrastructure This paper is a background review representing part of the initial phase of the Financing the Urban Transition work programme. The review builds on a growing body of research that ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2017, 7:10 AM by Emily Kaldjian
  • New Research: Integrating national policies to deliver compact, connected cities Realising the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement will require a coherent and self-reinforcing policy programme to deliver compact and connected urban development. In this context, there is ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:13 PM by Emily Kaldjian
  • RELEASE: New Urban Leadership Council Aims to Make Economic Case for Better Cities The Council comprises leaders of the world’s most prominent urban, development, and climate focused organizations BONN, 12 November 2017: The Coalition for Urban Transitions launched its Urban Leadership Council ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 5:59 AM by Emily Kaldjian
  • New Research: Connected Urban Growth: Public-Private Collaborations for Transforming Urban Mobility Innovative, technologically sophisticated operators of ride-hailing networks, car- and bicycle-sharing systems, mobile trip-planning and ticketing apps, and other new mobility services are winning users in cities around ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 7:39 AM by Austin Morton
  • New Research: Demystifying Compact Urban Growth Most developed countries now pursue policies that implicitly or explicitly aim at promoting compact urban form. This report analyses more than 300 academic papers that study the effects of compact ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2017, 10:28 AM by Austin Morton
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Cities are key to economic growth and fighting climate change