Our Vision

Cities with a high quality

of life for everyone

Our Goal

… is to bring about a just urban transition that creates a future worth living for all people. By developing strategies, sharing technical expertise and improving financing options, we are helping national governments, municipal administrations, and other urban stakeholders to make their cities liveable and socially equitable.

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GOAL 1

Cities offer basic services, employment, and healthy living conditions.

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GOAL 2

Cities help to bring about a just transition and thus promote sustainable economic productivity.

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Goal 3

As places of production and consumption, cities integrate circular biological and technical processes.

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GOAL 4

Cities actively work to reduce poverty and inequality, and advance gender equality.

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GOAL 5

Cities posses green, polycentric, dense and socially mixed structures.

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GOAL 6

Cities enable everyone to participate in society and political life, and they foster diversity and inclusion.

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GOAL 7

Cities are climate-neutral resource-efficient, and they contribute to the conversation of biodiversity.

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GOAL 8

Cities leverage the opportunities afforded by the digital transformation for administrative and innovative ends consistent with the Principles for Digital Development.

Goal 1

Cities offer basic services, employment, and healthy living conditions.

Goal 2

Cities help to bring about a just transition and thus promote sustainable economic productivity.

Goal 3

As places of production and consumption, cities integrate circular biological and technical processes.

Goal 4

Cities actively work to reduce poverty and inequality, and advance gender equality.

Goal 5

Cities posses green, polycentric, dense and socially mixed structures.

Goal 6

Cities enable everyone to participate in society and political life, and they foster diversity and inclusion.

Goal 7

Cities are climate-neutral resource-efficient, and they contribute to the conversation of biodiversity.

Goal 8

Cities leverage the opportunities afforded by the digital transformation for administrative and innovative ends consistent with the Principles for Digital Development.

TRANSITIONS in Action

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With our vision of cities with a high quality of life for everyone in mind, we continue to work together with partner countries on the sustainable development of our key urban sectors: construction, mobility, water, as well as waste and circular economy. In doing so, we follow the principle of “leave no one behind” and “leave no place behind”: no person, no neighbourhood in a city and no place worldwide should be left behind.

Everyone should participate in a Just Transition. We are building on previous successes – check out our initiatives and those of our partners:

URBANET

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Urbanet

URBANET is a weblog that promotes international dialogue on sustainable urban development. The weblog offers a platform for experts around the globe to exchange knowledge and experiences and provides insight into topics such as decentralisation, just transition and reducing inequalities.

ICLEI World Congress 2024New

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Harnessing Opportunities and Reducing Risks: Using Artificial Intelligence ...

Nidhi Misra

Risk and Crisis Management Risk and Crisis

Protesters holding up a sign that reads “Housing is a human right, it's time for you to join the fight” © Joe Piette/Flickr

The Global Housing Crisis: A Crisis Unlike Any Other. Echoes of the ...

Kirsten McRae

Sustainable Building Practices

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Mushrooming Solutions: How Mycelium is Cementing an Eco- ...

Alexander Jachnow

Country Series: ColombiaUrbanet Country Series

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Medulla: Connecting the Four Hearts of Antioquia

Aníbal Gaviria Correa

Resource Hub

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The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and its partners create knowledge products on a wide range of topics within sustainable urban development, including case studies, factsheets, technical manuals, and videos.

BMZ Position Paper: Sustainable urban development
BMZ Position Paper: Sustainable urban development
Factsheet Cities Challenge
Factsheet Cities Challenge
Factsheet Cities CHALLENGE South Africa
Factsheet Cities CHALLENGE South Africa
Factsheet Cities CHALLENGE Mexico
Factsheet Cities CHALLENGE Mexico

Events

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To raise awareness of the relevance of sustainable urban development among a broader public audience, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is represented at key national and international events.

Past Events – Worth Revisiting

Urban October 2023

 

September 28th – Oktober 30th, 2023
Check out our activities during the previous Urban October.

World Urban Forum 2022

The German Pavilion

June 26th – 30th, 2022
Check out event recordings and impressions from the World Urban Forum 11 in Katowice.