Cities are bustling with creativity, but also fraught with social problems. Inequality is rife. Many inhabitants lack access to basic needs such as affordable housing, safe drinking water, sanitation, transportation, and clean air; not to mention a way to make a living. And by 2030, 70% of us will live in them.
We cannot make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (Sustainable Development Goal 11) without action by businesses.
Our Urban Benchmark will translate the Sustainable Development Goals and The New Urban Agenda into a roadmap for companies, outlining the clear commitments and actions that companies must make to help transform our urban system. Every other year it will assess and rank the ones best positioned to have the biggest impact on cities – and the people that live in them – globally. Over time, the benchmark will provide all stakeholders with a mechanism for holding these companies accountable for their progress.
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Socialisation of the Urban Benchmark Methodology in APUF8: Private Actors, Partnerships, Accountability for Urban Development
Parallel Session at the Eighth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-8)
Side event at Urban Future Stuttgart 23: ‘Spurring the private sector to create resilient and sustainable cities’
Consultation on draft Methodology
January - March 2023
First benchmark publication