Can a City be Sustainable?

The growth of the city demands our attention. How can we make our cities better places to live, both for us and the planet, when cities are expanding at such a phenomenal rate in many parts of the world? Every city faces different challenges so when it comes to “defining a sustainable city” there will be no one size fits all. There are of course underlying principles that support good, sustainable urbanism – firstly, good city governance, powerful city leaders who know their region and can respond quickly as issues arise. And secondly, citizen engagement is required to create and maintain smart, sustainable cities - smart cities and sustainable solutions should start and finish with the citizens.

SOW 2016

The title of the State of World 2016 is ‘Can a City be Sustainable?’ This year’s publication delves into the mobilization of cities around the world to achieve sustainability. The SOW 2016 explores the challenges and innovative approaches across multiple dimensions of sustainability at the city level including economic, environmental and social – and how they contribute to shared prosperity. From 12 specific case studies, the SOW 2016 explores the significant challenges and trade-offs that policy makers face in ensuring that these gains are socially inclusive, encompass resilience, and that they are achieved in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Events and Details – SOW 2016 will be highlighting Nordic Cases and initiatives supporting development of sustainable cities to be launched in:

Stockholm on May 18 – Fores, 11.30 – 14.30
Copenhagen on May 19 – Politiken Venue Pressen, 13.00 – 16.00
Helsinki May 20 – 9.00 – 11.00, Seminar Hall in House of the Estates
Reykjavík on May 23 – Norden Hus, afternoon seminar

Event Themes

-Social innovation/participatory planning
-Sustainable building technology and innovation
-Clean energy technology
-City planning and governance

About State of the World

Worldwatch's flagship publication, State of the World, has educated a broad audience of students, journalists, policymakers, and concerned citizens about trends in sustainable development for a quarter century. The book has been published in 36 languages, and over the years it has authoritatively assessed issues ranging from population, energy, and agriculture to materials use, health, and trade policy. Topics are covered from a global perspective, with an emphasis on innovation and problem solving. State of the World is recognized as a classic of environmental literature, having attracted luminaries from Kofi Annan to Mikhail Gorbachev to write forewords for the book. News media, policymakers, and NGOs worldwide cite the book for its cutting-edge analysis, reliability, and careful documentation of its arguments, all marshaled to speed the global transition to a sustainable world.