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SDG Academy


Cities and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

About the Organization:

SDG Academy is the online education platform of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations. They create and curate free educational resources on sustainable development and offer them as a global public good. Their courses cover the headline issues and a multitude of interdisciplinary topics related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a set of aims and targets adopted by member states of the United Nations in 2015.

About the Course:

According to the United Nations, urbanization and population growth could result in an increase of 2.5 billion people into urban populations by 2050, with associated impacts ranging from increased transportation needs to more building. How do we make cities sustainable to support this growth?

In this mini-series, learn the challenges of local governments to adapt to new technologies, energy systems, modes of transportation and more in order to build the sustainable cities of the 21st century.

This mini-series is a companion piece to the SDG Academy's full-length Sustainable Cities course.

This course is for:

  • Anyone new to the concept of sustainable cities or smart cities who wants to understand the foundations of modern urban development

  • Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in architecture, real estate development, sustainable development, sustainable business and other related fields who want a concise overview of the concept of sustainable cities

  • Sustainable development practitioners interested in the basics of sustainable development for cities around the world

  • Private-sector actors, such as those who work in technology, telecommunications, transportation or the energy industry – whose work can contribute to and redefine this space

What you'll learn:

  • The basics of sustainability

  • The Sustainable Development Goals and how they apply to cities

  • What constitutes a sustainable city

  • How various sectors contribute to modern, sustainable urban development


  • Module 1: Introduction to the SDGs

  • Module 2: Why Cities? The Importance of SDG 11

  • Module 3: The 10-Point Agenda for 21st-Century Cities

  • Module 4: Urban Environment and Energy Systems

  • Module 5: Cities as Hubs of Knowledge

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