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: 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
  • New Research: Better Urban Growth In Tanzania Tanzania’s urban population is projected to grow from less than 15 million people in 2012 to more than 60 million people by mid-century. This rapid urban population growth ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2017, 7:40 AM by Joel Jaeger
  • Release: Getting India’s urbanization right is a prize worth up to 6% of GDP New Delhi, November 29, 2016Better, smarter urban growth could be an economic opportunity for India worth up to 6% of GDP by 2050, according to the latest research from ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 8:22 AM by Austin Morton
  • Release: Major coalition launched to make economic case for better cities The Partnership of over 20 major institutions will support national-level decision making, ensuring that city action is linked to broader economic planning. Washington, D.C., May 5, 2015: On ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2017, 7:39 AM by Joel Jaeger
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