Strong Cities 2030
Strong Cities 2030
Urbanisation is a defining phenomenon of the 21st century. In 2050, two thirds of people will live in cities and the urban population on the African continent will have tripled. The majority of this growth will take place in low- and middle-income cities especially in Africa and Asia, while the share of growth in Europe, North America, and Oceania is projected to decline steadily until 2050. With an annual population growth rate of almost four per cent, Africa has the fastest urban population growth rate worldwide, and cities such as Ouagadougou, Bamako, Addis Ababa and Nairobi are currently growing at an even faster rate than that.
However, the process of urbanisation is not only accompanied by new chances and opportunities, but also by enormous environmental as well as socio- economic and political challenges. The question of sustainable urban development is also on top of global development agendas such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN-Habitat’s African Urban Agenda. The newly established goal no. 11 of the SDGs (“making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”) in particular, shows that urban development is now perceived as an individual topic in its own right, as opposed to one that is cross-sectional. This promises new impetus for much-needed future urban planning, policies and investments.
With its new global initiative “Strong Cities 2030” (SC2030), which was successfully launched during a conference in Essen, Germany in September 2018, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) responds to the need to build capacity, share know-how and best practices as well as facilitate international collaboration in terms of sustainable urban development amongst young local policy makers and experts.