Cities will be central to getting the SDGs back on track. Their proximity to local businesses, residents, and civil society also means they are uniquely placed to mobilise collective action towards the SDGs. But 70% of OECD cities have still not achieved more than two SDGs.
The rise of remote working during the COVID-19 crisis significantly reduced activity in cities’ business districts, renewing policy makers’ interest in turning underused office buildings into much needed residential housing in cities. This creates a unique window of opportunity to shape more sustainable and inclusive urban development.