International Networking Institute envisages that by 2030 the World’s urban population will be living in sustainable cities that will provide them with economic opportunities, reliable infrastructure and high standard of living.
Today, nearly 70% of world population live in cities and urban areas, and by 2050 this is expected to rise to 80%.
People choose to live in cities so they can have a better quality of life. They want to be at the heart of the economy, and to have more job opportunities and other social and economic advantages. However, city living brings a range of challenges. Overcrowding, traffic pollution and noise, and industrial emissions are just a few of the issues that have to be continuously monitored and addressed to achieve a high quality of life without high environmental costs. But doing this will also bring benefits beyond city borders.
The International Networking Institute is committed to making cities healthy, attractive and sustainable, and to improving citizens’ quality of life, now and for the future. Over the last 50 years, cities have seen dramatic improvements regarding mobility, green areas, and waste management, and this has contributed to a significant improvement in living standards. However, cities still face some environmental challenges which influence the everyday lives of millions of people and these often highly political issues need to be tackled through cooperation between local, national and international authorities and their stakeholders.
In line with the principle of subsidiarity, the INI believes relevant city actors need to work together in the development and implementation of long-term sustainable strategies. It promotes best practices and fosters an ethic of sharing of experiences and information among local governments working to make their cities sustainable.
INI also acts in several other important ways: setting policies, adopting legislation including minimum quality standards, encouraging cooperation, and providing financial resources to support initiatives, notably in less advantaged areas of the world.
INI’s objective is to define a new model of urban multi-stakeholder partnership by analysing the opportunities and challenges of existing urban partnerships.
Please contact us to learn more about our “Sustainable Cities” work at International Networking Institute