Creating inclusive and sustainable cities

Project description

Title: Inclusive and sustainable smart cities in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Regional projects in Latin America and the Caribbean
Overall term: 2020 to 2022

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Since 1980, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have worked together to contribute to sustainable development in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). From 2003 onwards, a cooperation programme helped to intensify this alliance. BMZ commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to implement the German contribution to the programme. Since 2016, the programme has been geared towards implementing the 2030 Agenda.

The focus of the current phase of the programme is on urban spaces. The aim is to apply ECLAC’s Big Push for Sustainability (BPS) approach to urban connectivity, which in this context refers to sustainable mobility and also encompasses digital elements.

With the help of the BPS approach, the goal is to demonstrate how changes in patterns of production, consumption and demand can be used to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability in relation to urban connectivity. Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and São Paolo are prospective pilot cities.


The technical and institutional conditions required to promote sustainable urban connectivity are improved in ECLAC and selected member countries.



The programme operates in an interdisciplinary and systemic manner and takes into account cross-cutting issues such as gender equality and human rights. As a strategic partner of BMZ in the region, ECLAC facilitates political dialogue and peer learning. The programme seeks coordination and cooperation with regional and global programmes being implemented under German and European development cooperation in urban settings and surrounding areas across the LAC region. The programme is implemented through four cross-divisional working groups and includes the provision of advisory services to cities on a pilot basis.

The aim of the first working group, ‘City and mobility’, is to help identify demographic, socio-economic and spatial characteristics in LAC cities that influence demand and the inclusive supply of mobility.

The aim of the second working group, ‘Digitalisation, energy and mobility’, is to illustrate ways in which technological development, changes in consumption patterns and environmental commitments will impact on urban connectivity by 2030.

The aim of the third working group, ‘Industrial policy’, is to determine the capacity of regional industry to respond to changes in the demand and supply of urban connectivity by 2030 (including the policy required to promote, integrate and finance the sector in the region).

The aim of the fourth working group, ‘Coordination, methodology and innovation’, is to ensure coherence between all working groups, cross-cutting issues, the dissemination of tools and publications as well as dialogue on the results achieved in the pilot cities.


Last update: Dezember 2020

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