Cities for the Future Volume II – share your innovative practice

We are preparing to develop the second volume of our flagship publication, ‘Cities for the Future’. It will be published in late 2017.

All United Nations Global Compact city participants are invited to contribute case studies of their innovative projects and practices.

In this publication we are also inviting contribution from the private sector and Global Compact Local Networks on collaborative initiatives that advance SDG 11: Make Cities Safe, Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable.

Approximately 30 case studies will be published in the book. All case studies that meet the standard and quality will be published as individual case studies on our website.

This opportunity is available to member participants to the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme.

Sustainable Development Theme

This year’s volume of ‘Cities for the Future’ is gathering material in areas that are specifically beneficial to advancing the new Sustainable Development Agenda.

The key focus areas are:

  • Resilience
  • Housing
  • Livelihoods and Equity
  • Water
  • Food Security
  • Climate and Energy
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Private Sector, CSR and Cities
  • Women and Cities
  • Inclusion and Participation

The Sustainable Development Goals

Case Study Structure

‘Cities for the Future’ is published for the benefit of other cities and it is essential that others can learn from your experience. In submitting your case study, we ask you to outline:

  • Context – a background on your city or region – who and where are you? what is your (brief) history?
  • Challenges – what challenges were you seeking to overcome or address? why did you develop the project
  • Objectives – the aims of the project – what did you work to achieve?
  • Methodology – how did you do what you did?
  • Partners – who else was involved, how did you engage them?
  • Outcomes – what was achieved?
  • Lessons learned – what was the key learning from the project  – what would you suggest others do, what would you do differently if you did it again?
  • The Ten Principles and SDGs – what broad global goals and principles were you advancing through your action?

Process for submission

1. Provide an overview of your case study and its connection to the SDGs and Ten Principles through an  Expression of Interest Form.

2. You will be notified of acceptance by email. There may be additional questions about the project.

3. If successful, develop a case study:

  • following the structure outlined above
  • with a word count of between 1500 and 2000 words.
  • case study must be submitted within three months of expressing interest. 

4. If desired, the case study can be in two languages, your country’s language and english.

5. Also send high resolution images that illustrate the case studies. These should be in jpg of tiff format (300 DPI)

6. The case study will be edited and sent back to you for review and approval.

Check out the first volume of ‘Cities for the Future’

Cities_for_the_Future-Cover_PRINTDownload ‘Cities for the Future’ as a reference for style and structure of content.

Submit Your Interest

Express your interest by filling out this form here.

Feel free to direct queries to Elizabeth Ryan, managing editor for ‘Cities for the Future’:
+61 3 9925 3407