Currently more than half of the world’s population live in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of all humanity will be dwelling in urban areas. In 2019, the Ban Ki-moon Centre launched its advocacy efforts to raise awareness for the sustainability of urbanization processes and the mitigation of urban disasters and risks caused by climate change. Broadening the engagement of multi-stakeholders in the context of SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, the Centre focused on bringing in partners like the Global Commission on Adaptation and showcasing best practice models of future sustainable cities.
In May 2019, BKMC partner RELX held its fourth SDG Inspiration Day in Delhi to catalyze action on the SDGs. The event took place in partnership with Global Compact India, Responsible Media Forum and the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens. In the opening plenary, BKMC Board member and Director, Corporate Responsibility at RELX, Marcia Balisciano, explained that India is in the top 10 countries for research on SDG 11 and in the last five years India’s research output on sustainable cities more than doubled. A keynote from Ambassador Kim Won-soo, BKMC Board member and former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, highlighted the need for smaller cities and the role of technology in harmonizing therein.
FIA’s efforts on green urban mobility, on road safety and in the environmental and sustainability commission, also contribute substantively to addressing major challenges of increased urbanisation and mobility in the nexus of SDG 11 and SDG 3. The BKMC is planning awareness raising activities for road safety in East Africa with Co-chair Ban Ki-moon alongside FIA expertise.