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Urbanization in developing countries is a defining feature of the 21st century. Between 2000 and 2030, the entire built-up urban area in developing countries is projected to triple. Urbanization has enabled economic growth and innovation across all regions, currently accounting for three-quarters of global economic production. At the same time, urbanization has also contributed to environmental and socioeconomic challenges, including climate change, waste and pollution, congestion, and the rapid growth of slums.  

The Sustainable Cities blog is a space for urban development professionals to exchange ideas and engage some of the central questions of sustainable cities: 

  • What makes a sustainable city?
  • How do we measure a city's sustainability?
  • What can we do to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable as they strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

We also use this space to link to the most interesting sustainable city news and articles we're reading.

The blog, including a series titled "Sustainable Communities," is coordinated by the Urban Development Unit within the World Bank's Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice. The bloggers are urban development professionals from across the World Bank and around the world.