How is the Global Future Cities Programme addressing the SDGs?

The SDG Programme Profile of the Global Future Cities Programme shows the potential of the 30 urban projects of the Programme to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations General Assembly set 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which are an urgent call for action by all countries to addressing some of the most pressing global challenges such as poverty alleviation, addressing inequalities, preserving the environment and addressing climate change.

Cities play a key role in taking action on the ground to advance the SDGs, supported by the New Urban Agenda. To support cities in this, the Global Future Cities Programme (GFCP) has designed the SDG Project Assessment Tool which is being applied to improve the quality of the project designs of the Programme and to enhance their contribution to the SDGs.

The SDG Tool identified 54 Sustainability Principles in the field of Urban Planning, Transportation and Resilience, the thematic areas of the GFCP. The 54 Sustainability Principles align to relevant SDG indicators. A set of Sustainability Principles are selected based on the projects’ scope and cities’ context, which resulted in a unique SDG Project Profile for each of the 30 GFCP project designs. The SDG Project Profile provides an overview of the potential of specific projects to address the SDGs. The graph below aggregates these 30 SDG project profiles at Programme level which provides an understanding of the Programme’s potential to contribute to the SDGs. In addition, the SDG Programme Profile can be filtered by region and thematic area to understand how these components address the SDGs.

The GFCP will deliver the project designs for implementation. Throughout the GFCP the contribution to the SDGs of the project designs will be assessed and discussed with all stakeholders to maximise the projects and GFPC’ potential contribution to the SDGs. Please find more information on the SDG Project Assessment Tool here





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Transforming Bursa into a Smart City

Country: Republic of Turkey
City: Bursa

The Global Future Cities Programme aims at technically assisting the implementation of smart city technologies to improve the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality’s capacities in urban management to increase quality of life, social inclusion, sustainable mobility and comprehensive urban planning.

The specific objectives of this intervention are: i) Increasing the mobility of Bursa citizens by improving the traffic and public transportation management capacity of the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality (BMM); ii) Integrating mobility policies with complementary urban management areas (e.g. health, culture, safety, waste management, energy) to increase accessibility to municipal services; and iii) Increasing the BMM and other relevant public organisations in Bursa’s capacity for data collection, management and analysis, for better service provision.

To achieve this goal, the intervention will assess the existing situation and set a policy implementation agenda (strategic plan) for city stakeholders to improve their institutional capacity (human resources, theoretical and practical knowledge) for smart city policies. Additionally, the intervention will include a pilot development on sustainable transport management.

Through smart technologies implementation, Bursa will establish a high-quality data system which will improve service provision, decision-making processes, the development and application of urban policies and plans, intelligent use of resources, among other benefits.

Sustainable Urban Transformation Approach

Country: Republic of Turkey
City: Bursa

The Global Future Cities Programme aims to provide technical assistance to the development of the “Sustainable Urban Transformation Master Plan for Bursa.” This intervention will identify an integrated urban renewal approach that takes into account social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and urban planning standards while looking at financial feasibility. The intervention will develop an alternative proposal for the Yalova Yolu urban renewal project that will be prepared with a participatory approach. To achieve this, the intervention will undertake context and legal analysis; develop an urban development model by improving existing urban renewal project towards achievement of intervention objectives; develop a viable financial plan for project implementation; prepare a step-by-step implementation guide and undertake a wider impact assessment.

The ‘Sustainable Urban Transformation Approach for Bursa’ intervention focuses on preparation of an Urban Transformation Master Plan for the whole metropolitan area of Bursa. This plan will be based on a thorough assessment of risks and potentials of the city and will provide sustainable urban transformation strategies that are aligned with the objectives of UN Sustainable Development Goals, New Urban Agenda, the Turkish National Urban Transformation Action Program and the Global Future Cities Program.
Additionally, the intervention will strengthen Bursa Metropolitan Municipality’s capacity
    • to use digital platforms for increased transparency, efficiency and robustness of planning processes and to communicate effectively with community and stakeholders, 
    • to involve key stakeholders in shaping urban transformation strategies,
    • to align the urban transformation process to different city-level plans with new data-driven planning methods, and
    • to explore alternative assessment and financing mechanisms that can be used for urban renewal within the Turkish legal system.

Bicycle Strategy, Master Plan and Pilot Implementation for Integrated Non-Motorized Multimodal Transport

Country: Republic of Turkey
City: Ankara

The Global Future Cities Programme aims to support the municipality in the preparation of a city-wide Bicycle Strategy and Master Plan, as well as assisting the pilot implementation development in a prioritized area of the city.

The recently prepared Transportation Master Plan for 2038, which is yet to be approved, proposes an extended network of bicycle roads; however, a Bicycle Transport Master Plan does not exist for Ankara. Additionally, as was demonstrated in the charrette that took place within the framework of the Programme, most stakeholders support the promotion of public transport systems, especially non-motorized mobility, as a main strategy for reducing traffic congestion in the central areas of Ankara.

The proposed intervention seeks to integrate a bicycle transportation system within the existing mobility network of Ankara. It will address systemic improvements between bicycle-pedestrian and bicycle-motor vehicle interaction, the feasibility of park and ride systems integration and the design of a bicycle road network. The pilot project will develop the first stage for implementing the Bicycle Master Plan in a specific area of the city. Furthermore, the overall strategy will include subsequent phases to extend the network from the pilot to a larger area and to city-wide in the mid and long term. Finally, communication campaigns and capacity building will be part of the intervention in order to ensure the sustainability and ownership of the final outcome by citizens and institutions

Increasing Quality and Accessibility of Streets In Çankaya Neighbourhoods

Country: Republic of Turkey
City: Ankara

The Global Future Cities Programme aims to provide technical assistance and capacity building to the Çankaya District Municipality for improving the streets and the open public space of its neighbourhoods to favour a more liveable urban environment and to promote better quality of life.

The intervention targets neighbourhood scale actions and the incentive revolves around changing the streetscape, including cross-sections, towards better
open public spaces and urban quality. The development of living streets, designed primarily for the interests of pedestrians and cyclists, contributes to a more safe space, especially for children, elderly and women while, at the same time, reducing barriers for the disabled.

The approach to implement street redesign and upgrades, while increasing the proximity and accessibility of urban services and developing more accessible and safer open public spaces for pedestrians, has a high impact on the quality of life of residents. Furthermore, the streets are often catalysts for increasing urban economy and security and strengthening the sense of community identity and collective ownership.

The intervention will develop urban designs, implementation plans and replicable methodologies. Additionally, it will include neighbourhood design workshops, public information exchange tools and joint decision-making mechanisms at a local level. This localised planning approach can also use digital planning tools for better data utilisation and, potentially, be integrated into the nationwide Smart City Strategy currently being developed by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.