Sustainable Cities Topic Overview and Resources

Building the Sustainable Cities of the Future

According to a new report from the United Nations, approximately 7 billion people, roughly 70% of the global population, will live in cities by the year 2050. The same report also indicates that the world is also likely to see the rise of over 40 'mega-cities', each holding over 10 million people. The rise of cities brings forth significant challenges for humanity, namely, how to provide proper housing, food, clean water, sanitation, and medical services to rapidly growing populations. 

Students assigned to this committee topic in the 2021-2022 Jr. Model United Nations - Student Diplomat Program will explore how cities have developed over time, the unique benefits that cities represent, and the critical challenges that cities offer to their inhabitants. Students will learn about the role of cities in fighting climate change, while also exploring how cities can contribute to, or protect against inequality. Ultimately, students will be tasked with creating their own vision for the cities of the future. 

Curated resources for students and teachers, including the Council's committee topic briefing paper, will be made available on this page in the coming weeks.