Pact for the Future of Humanity

Source of Action
World Urban Forum
2022 - 2030
Last Updated
27 March 2023


Local and Regional Governments will continue to push for the transformation of the social contract within the framework of the SDGs and through a strengthened partnership with the international community and civil society. The Pact for the Future builds on the notion that local and regional governments have a critical role as a political actor whose main objective is to safeguard the dreams and aspirations of communities, while balancing the needs of current generations with those of generations to come. It understands equality as the indispensable building block of any sustainable society and will underpin the need for a changed relationship with nature, which necessitates renewed governance with trust as an indispensable mortar between actors. Under three axes (people, planet, and government) the Pact for the Future will redefine access to basic services with the right to the city as a core block, and renewed sets of cultural rights that place people at the centre; it will transcend business-as-usual in the transition towards a zero carbon society with local resilience at the core; and will foster local and global democracy, cooperation among spheres of government, and the development of a renewed multilateral system. The Pact for the Future strives to place our communities at the core of decision-making mechanisms, building resilience and sustainability for a better-shared future. It will address the development of capacities for local and regional governments, the potential of transformative diplomacy and a more robust, structural dialogue with national governments to ensure we can deliver our ambitious targets and objectives laid out in the global agendas, connecting the 2030 Agenda with the UN Summit of the Future, as well as the recommendations of the UNSG’s Common Agenda, and build on concepts such as the global commons and ambitious actions to protect our planet. The Pact for the Future seeks to preserve and foster societies of proximity, empathy and solidarity, empowering individuals through culture and the right to the city. To encourage our territories to have the tools to put an end to the housing crisis, to transform our production and consumption habits, and to build bridges between citizens and institutions based on innovative, sustainable and inclusive service provision. To create, in short, spaces where the ideas that lead the transformations we need can flourish.

Outcomes and Impacts

Increased and equal access to basic services, sustainable mobility and public space (most indicators at outcome level measure institutional outcome), Increased and equitably distributed locally generated revenues, Improved living standards and inclusion of migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees through effective crisis response and recovery, Enhanced resilience of the built environment and infrastructure

Lead Entity

Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments/United Cities and Local Governments

Key Dates

Start year: 10/14/2022

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development