- World Future Council
- Co-organisers: World Future Council, Energy Foundation Supporting organization: CityNet
As the most active and potential area in the world, the One Belt One Road (OBOR) countries occupy 40% of the world area, while gather about 70% of the world population and over 55% of them living in cities. According to UN statistics, by 2050, more than 3.39 billion people of OBOR countries will be living in cities, with 350 million people moving to cities every year. With such rapid urbanization, low carbon, sustainable, regenerative city development in OBOR countries has great influence on the SDGs implementation globally.
With rapid urbanization, many cities are expanding with more grey infrastructure sprawling in cities, and natural resources wasted and ecosystem damaged. Considering the severity of the environmental and climate challenges facing cities today, a new model of urbanization defined by a compact, human-centered, restorative and mutually beneficial relationship between cities and their hinterland within the urban growth boundary is urgently needed. Cities must become resource-efficient, low carbon, and even regenerative so to positively enhance rather than undermine the ecosystems on which they depend. Today's challenge is finding effective policies and planning methodologies to guide cities towards becoming more green and smart, regenerative, to be able to restore a mutually beneficial, symbiotic and integrated relationship with the surrounding environment, and by demonstrating such best practice and innovative methods from OBOR countries, it has great influence on all countries.