New partnership types can meaningfully engage the private sector in implementing global goals in cities

Never has there been a more critical time for the private sector to partner with others to tackle the critical global challenges facing our cities and communities. In light of the world’s climate and environmental crisis, increasing inequity and rapid urbanization, everyone is talking about the dire need for collaboration. But how do we do it?

The answer, in short: through systems, support, harnessing collective will and recognizing that it is all about people working with people.

The urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact — the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative — is driving a cross-sectoral task-force approach to sustainable urban development at the city level. This initiative is engaging the private sector alongside cities and other levels of government, civil society, communities and academia in developing and delivering high impact, sustainable urban development projects.

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