More than half of the global population lives in cities, and it is projected that over the next two decades over 1 million people will move to cities every week. To reach the Sustainable Development Goals in cities provides a significant business opportunity estimated at 3.7tn USD by 2030, in the areas of housing, building efficiency, mobility, water and sanitation. Businesses are developing many solutions that can support urban sustainability, but they need a strategic engagement process to understand cities’ needs and place their solutions in a holistic context.
Transforming Mobility brings together leading companies across the extended mobility value chain to lead the system transformation of mobility.
With an aim to accelerate the transition towards clean, safe and efficient mobility for all, WBCSD’s companies build on emerging mobility thrusts (digitalization, vehicle electrification, energy generation from renewable sources, shared mobility and vehicle automation) to achieve four Sustainable Mobility Goals worldwide (Universal Access, Clean, Safety, Efficiency).
Each city has its own sustainable challenges and priorities and need to involve key stakeholders in defining their sustainable pathway. The Cities program offers a space for interactions between cities, businesses and citizen to engage with each other, build a common vision and develop suitable innovative solutions. The role of the private sector is critical for providing expertise, strategic approach and financial capacity to deliver tailored sustainable solutions at local levels for a global outreach.
Fast growing cities are facing huge challenges with massive movements of people to cities leading to high congestion, waste and needs of basic services. To continue thrive and grow to create jobs and prosper while improving resources use and reducing pollution many parameters are needed, and the SDGs do enhance them.