Did Albert Einstein really say, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”?
It doesn’t matter much. But the idea behind it matters a lot.
How can we expect the same practices and the same approaches to reducing poverty, protecting the environment, and leaving no one behind to effectively work in a world that changes every day at such a large scale?
Because of the speed, dynamics, and complexity of today’s challenges, we’re not making fast enough progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
This is why the United Nations Development Programme created a network of 60 Accelerator Labs. covering 78 countries (as we write these words, the network is expanding to 90 Labs covering 114 countries): to (try to) keep up with the pace of change, to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Goals, and to reimagine sustainable development for the 21st century. …
Cities are multiplying and expanding at an unprecedented rate. Currently, half of humanity lives in urban settings and that number is predicted to swell to 68 percent by 2050.
Having access to affordable housing, clean air and water, and open public spaces is one of the most urgent issues urban communities are facing worldwide. Over 90 per cent of COVID19 cases arise in urban areas, with the 1 billion residents of the world’s most densely populated slums being hit the hardest.
What can we do to ensure that urban centres and communities develop in ways that leave no one behind? What action can we take in our cities and, in our communities to rebalance the equation between environmental preservation, economic prosperity, and social inclusion? …