Humans live in an increasingly urban world with 68% of the global population expected to live in cities by 2050. While our cities are expected to drive economic growth, provide a better standard of living and progress towards sustainable urban development, they are also faced with numerous, and often elusive, challenges, including the need to provide basic urban infrastructure and services, address the problem of informal settlements and the need to withstand the effects of climate change. The Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization will focus on working with cities to find the innovation, capacity and financing necessary to address their challenges. The Global Future Council will establish a Pitch Your City Challenge initiative; establish a City Capacity Building Programme; and map the Urban Infrastructure Finance Architecture.
Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, Mayor's Office, City of New York, USA
Carlo Ratti, Director, SENSEable City Laboratory, MIT - Department of Urban Studies and Planning, USA
Alice Charles, Project Lead, Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Services Platform, World Economic Forum