Cities and Urbanization

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Enhancing the livability, efficiency, and productivity of cities.

Did you know? People of colour are exposed to more extreme heat than white people in nearly every major US city.

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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
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G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance

With the right technology and know-how cities can lead the way on solving pressing problems while making their communities more inclusive and resilient.

Net Zero Carbon Cities

This program is focused on helping national and city leaders meet their emissions-reduction targets by creating an efficient, electric, and circular urban energy landscape.

BiodiverCities by 2030

The World Economic Forum is collaborating with the Government of Colombia on a global initiative to create an urban development model in harmony with nature.


Crowdsource Innovation


Based in Manaus, we provide a food traceability, distribution, and marketing platform connecting rural producers with consumers.


Our process delivers high-performance, chemical-free, decarbonized wastewater treatment by harnessing algae and phototrophic bacteria.


Our product, “Vitron,” is an artificial intelligence-based image recognition software that automates waste analysis to drive recycling revenues.


We create and manage smart stormwater systems, and our flagship concept captures and stores rainwater for rooftop gardens, terraces, and solarPV.

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