World Bank, GEF launch Urban Sustainability Framework | Smart Cities Dive

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  • The World Bank and environmental advocacy group Global Environmental Facility (GEF) announced the launch of a new Urban Sustainability Framework during the World Urban Forum. The guide is designed to help cities become more sustainable through a "four-stage approach": create a vision for that sustainability, determine financing to put plans into practice, monitor, and evaluate implementation.

  • The framework lays out six key dimensions of urban sustainability: governance and integrated planning, financial sustainability, economic competitiveness, environment and resource efficiency, low carbon and resilience and social inclusiveness.

  • "We are confident that through this collaboration, a shared vision and common approach to urban sustainable development can be forged," GEF CEO and chair Naoko Ishii said in a statement. "We invite cities to use the framework to meet the challenges they face today and in the coming decades, and we enthusiastically look forward to the collaborative efforts to adopt an integrated approach to urban sustainability."

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