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Strong Cities 2030

Strong Cities 2030

Promoting global collaboration and knowledge sharing for sustainable urban development

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.




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Media library

Re-introducing Lockdown
Covid-19 Update by our Strong Cities 2030 member Kristine Hess-Akens from the City of Aachen, in which she describes the situation after a fresh coronavirus outbreak in the area.
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Jose' Luis Luege Tamargo, President of Ciudad Posible (Mexico City) about COVID-19
Maßnahmen in der Krise
Strong Cities. COVID-19
Städte stehen im Kampf gegen die COVID-19 Pandemie an vorderster Front. Mitglieder des Strong Cities 2030 Netzwerks berichten über die Situation vor Ort
The Future of African Cities