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UNESCO Cities Platform

UNESCO is committed to enhancing the sustainability of cities through policy advice, technical assistance and capacity building, drawing on its longstanding normative and operational experience in the fields of education, sciences, culture, communication and development. Thanks to multi-disciplinary cooperation among all its sectors, as well as its broad network of experts across the globe, UNESCO has become a leading agency in the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

billion people

live in cities today.

By 2050
cities will host

2.5 billion more urban dwellers.

Approx. 70%
of the world will be urban by 2050.
La floraison des cerisiers du printemps à Séoul, Corée du Sud.

UNESCO Cities Platform

The UNESCO Cities Platform gathers eight city related networks and programmes across the
Organization’s fields of expertise: education, culture, sciences, communication and information.
The Platform reflects the transversal approach of UNESCO’s work on and for cities towards
the local implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals.
It includes the following member networks and programmes:


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Pamphlet - UNESCO Cities Platform
Pamphlet - UNESCO Cities Platform