Sustainable Innovation Zones/Communities

Source of Action
World Urban Forum
2013 - 2030
Last Updated
27 March 2023


Sustainable Innovation Zones and Communities in Porto Alegre and Santo Angelo, Brazil; Panama City, Panama; Western Sydney, Australia; Wheaton/Montgomery County, Maryland (US); Poznan, Poland; and in many other cities and countries by 2030 will reduce greenhouse gas emissions; grow businesses, jobs, and incomes through Sustainable Innovation; promote green energy, sustainable mobility, and circular economy solutions; and generate inclusive prosperity to help transform communities, cities, and urban regions and enable the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Agreement, New Urban Agenda, and Sendai Framework by 2030. Each individual Sustainable Innovation Zone/Community develops its own goals and measures ongoing progress in accomplishments through a wide variety of data sources and institutional methodologies.

Outcomes and Impacts

Effective settlements growth and regeneration, Improved spatial connectivity and productivity of cities and regions, Increased and equitably distributed locally generated revenues, Expanded deployment of frontier technologies and innovations for urban development, Reduced greenhouse emissions and improved air quality, Improved resource efficiency and protection of ecological assets, Effective adaptation of communities and infrastructure to climate change, Enhanced social integration and inclusive communities, Enhanced resilience of the built environment and infrastructure, Resilience, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth of Businesses, Jobs, and Incomes


North America

Lead Entity

Global Urban Development (GUD)

Key Dates

Start year: 9/1/2013

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