Webinar: Sustainable cities and communities

UN agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) prioritizes concerns and action towards sustainability in an increasingly urbanized world that needs to put focus on social inclusion. Goal 11 aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Transforming diverse urban spaces to sustainable cities represent a mandatory step towards general sustainability goals. The City represents a medium where global sustainability goals find their local implementation and realization.

Second webinar in the project was organized by project partner GiG. The webinar was scheduled for February 15th 2018 at 16:00 CET and its topic was Sustainable cities and communities. Since every partner in the sociSDG project is focusing on one SDG, GiG is responsible for SDG11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The webinar provided information about measuring social impact of companies in regard to SDG11 and their integration in the business models. Speakers in the webinar were:

  • Abhay Adhikari, PhD, Digital Strategist and Innovation Consultant at Dhyaan
  • Aristide Athanassiadis, Co-Founder and Team member at Metabolism of Cities, Chair of Circular Economy and Urban Metabolism at Université libre de Bruxelles.
  • R. Jachnow, Head of Urban Strategies and Planning (USP) from Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

The discussion was moderated by Boris Bulatovic from Global Impact Grid.


Webinar provided information about measuring social impact of companies in regard to SDG11 and their integration in the business models. Participants shared different sustainability practices in specific urban cases, building a perspective towards unifying and connected global action.

Four topics were discussed, reflecting proclaimed SDG Sustainable City Goals:

Safe, affordable housing with access to basic services (sustainable communal services, public transport, public spaces and road safety)
Reduction of urban environmental impact (green spaces, air quality, waste management, renewable energy, smart buildings, sustainable urbanism).
Holistic Risk Disaster Management (adaption to climate change, resilience to natural and social disasters).
Technical and financial support to least developed countries (urbanisation in least developed countries, global support).