Want to build better cities and local communities ?
At United Cities we invest in People, Partnerships and Places. How can we make 10.000 cities better, together?
A Not For Profit connecting Cities and Solutions
The face of the United Cities Family is United Cities International, a Not For Profit headquartered in Austria. This is our Hub for cities and regions. Programs are supported by the United Cities Funds / SDG Impact Fund, based in the US, while program services are provided by our Profit for Purpose Hub in Norway.
Net Zero Prosperity in 10.000 Cities
We want to give cities and communities everywhere the building blocks they need to pursue sustainability and Net Zero Prosperity. Our bold target is to reach 10.000 cities globally by 2030. Guided by data and using catalytic technology and finance.
Join the Movement
Regardless of your position or status, United Cities has a place for you to get involved. As an intern in our internship program, as a global expert, solutions provider, investor or partner in one of our regional programs. Connected through a network of United Future Labs.
Net Zero Urban Program
COP27, Sharmelsheik, Egypt
COP27, Sharmelsheik, Egypt
This Global Program, Co-develed by KPMG and United Cities and launced at COP27 in Egypt, spans data and technology to sustain urban development, a respository of solution, as well as facilities to connect needs to resources.
United Cities and KPMG launch the Net Zero Urban Program at COP27
Join our platform to support 10.000 global cities
Today, cities contribute to 70% of the world's emissions, consume more than 75% of the world's natural resources and by 2050, two thirds of the world population are expected to live in cities. To enhance the impact, this will focus on cities.
"The time for half-measures, incrementalism and siloed actors is over. There are 10,000 cities with 50,000 people in the world. We are committed together with KPMG and our global partners to reach all 10,000 cities by 2030, scaling 10X from the first 1,000 in the next year. To meet the magnitude of this goal, United Cities has partnered with SDG Impact Fund to create United Cities Funds as a global catalytic capital facility dedicated to enabling all 10,000 cities to transition to NetZero prosperity across the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030"
-Kari A. Eik, United Cities Executive Director
Meet our global team during upcoming events
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) side event, New York, September 15th 2022
National Urban Forum Azerbaijan (NUFA), Baku, October 5th - 6th 2022
Towards COP27: UNECE Regional Forum on Climate Initiatives to Finance Climate Action and the SDGs, Geneva, Octobre 17th 2022
COP27, Sharm El Sheikh, November 6th - 18th 2022
The 11th International Envirocities Conference 2022 - “Sustainable Smart and resilient Cities Applications", Fujairah UAE, 22th – 24th November 2022
Energy Globe World Award, Vienna, Austria, November 30th 2022
United Cities partner with Sharaf Foundation for Sustainable Development
Kicking Off the United Cities Internship Program 2022
A Public Private Partnership bringing young people from 8 nations to Norway for a paid 10 month internship. A chance of a lifetime to explore sustainability and make an impact.
"As a local bank we contribute to a sustainable future for our region, and this work is a natural part of our social responsability."
-Allan Troelsen, CEO SpareBank1 Nordmøre and Internship Sponsor
Energy Globe Foundation Signs Agreement with United Cities
Connecting cities to the leading sustainability prize in the world
Energy Globe Foundation and the Energy Globe Award has a presence in 187 countries, and has recognised 10.000 contributions to energy conservation and sustainable development.
Net Zero Mobility Roundtable
The Sharaf Foundation for Sustainable Development, KPMG and United Cities host Net Zero roundtable. Exploring the potential for Net Zero Prosperity and how simulations can inform and guide investments All in preparation for COP27 in November.
UNGA77: United Cities and Sustain Chain Partner
New York 15/09/2022
Energy Globe Award
Incentivising Sustainable Development
Energy Globe Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann. Building on 30 years of experience in the area of energy efficiency and renewable energies, Energy Globe Foundation is a global leader in the area of sustainability.
-Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development, India chairwoman of Energy Globe Jury, INDIA
Nordic Edge 2019
Building a movement
What we have to offer
Setting up regional spaces for Sustainable Value Creation
Knowledge and networks
All available through the physical / digital United Future Labs, and United Leaders programs.
"Cities are responsible for 80% of Global GDP, and 70-80% of global energy use and fully 80% of global carbon emissions.
There is no question - change cities, and you change the world.
The bold and necessary target of 10.000 cities by 2030 brings the realization of SDG 11 into reach, and holds everything that SDG 17, Partnership for the Goals, is meant to bring about."
-Will Kennedy, Senior Officer, UN Fund for International Partnerships and UN Office for Partnerships
United Cities Funds - Finance for Good
SDG Impact Fund
United Cities Funds is managed in partnership with SDG Impact Fund. United Cities Funds is a unified financial platform and family of benchmark instruments and funds grown and delivered worldwide.
LG Nova Capital Alliance
Strategic Finance Advisory Board
Global Impact Investment and New Economy Experts
Knowledge networks and sharing is an integral part of United Cities value add. We work with some of the greatest minds around to inspire, inform and direct actions and investments.
Norway National United Cities Program
A national Network of Excellence
Norway is United Cities Hub for research and development and sandbox for models and processes
United Cities Philippines
Part of a global network of United Future Labs
Under the Stewardship of our Regional United Cities Director, Ms Seok Mei Goh, the United Future Lab (SDG Centre) was opened in the city of Cauayan by Philippines Minister of Science and Technology, H.E. Prof. De La Pena.
Bringing the lights back on
With less then 2 hours of electricity per day, both people´s quality of life and the potential for value creation is impaired. Becoming Net Positive Energy means a better life, and opportunities to grow new businesses.
Net Zero Energy in Lebanon
Combining proven technology with social innovation and new business models, United Cities works with local entrepreneurs and global tech partners to provide renewable, clean and affordable energy.
Learn with United Leaders
Doing the right things right at the right time
United Leaders Leadership Development and Strategic Services is delivered through learning programs, immersive experiences and systemic consultation to equip city leaders to accelerate and manage better, sustainable futures.
Train the trainer
We believe in training local resources in our methods and concepts
Our Operational Readiness Training Concept is a research-based training method that allows participants to both learn the methods of United Cities and train on their own future reality in an efficient way.
Techology Enabled Urban Development
Using urban data and digital twins to simulate alternative futures
To speed up time and get more done before 2030 we are using catalytic technology to engage stakeholders across all sectors in practical discussions: What do cities need and what are the best solutions?
United Cities Executive Leadership and Board
A strong global network of experts and SDG Advocates
In addition to our main Board, United Cities global initatives are supported by strategic advisory boards. Most notably, our Finance Board gathers global thought leaders within impact investment and the new economy.
Sustainable Development in Images
Meet our Photographers
Many of the magnificant images scattered across our website have been shot by United Cities partner photographers, Marylise Vigneau and Aun Raza. Sustainable Development is also a process of discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary, powered by the arts.
United Cities Project Services
Profit for Purpose
In order to support our parters and programs around the world, United Cities International has established United Cities Project Services. This Profice for Purpose entity is located in Trondheim and Ålesund, Norway, one of the most innovative regions in Europe and Norways capital of tech.