Track Sessions III
G. Attaining Sustainable Development Goals in Cities: 'Is urbanisation helping their progress?'

Urbanisation comes with the promise of increased incomes, improved access to social services, and deeper exposure to innovation. On the other hand, rapid migration from rural areas to cities brings a host of challenges – for example, income disparity, pollution and crime. For this reason, cities have been described as the place where the battle for sustainable development will be won or lost. Some have already shown the true potential of smart urban design. Others have been overwhelmed by the diversity of challenges brought about by massive population growth.

This session will explore what philanthropists can do to give cities the best chance of contributing positively to the Sustainable Development Goals. It will involve reflecting on the best practices that cities should adopt, and common pitfalls to be avoided across the political, economic and social transformations that come with urbanisation.