Science, technology and innovation for sustainable urban development in a post-pandemic world

This report focuses on the contribution that Science, technology and innovation (STI) practices make towards mitigating some of the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the urban socio-technical systems in a post-COVID-19 world.

The report also assesses the urbanization trends and the impact of the pandemic on sustainable urban development.

Key urban sustainability challenges idenditied:

  1. Energy
  2. Circularity
  3. Water
  4. Mobility
  5. Economic prosperity and decent job
  6. Housing
  7. Gender-related empowerment and equality
  8. Urban planning
  9. Safety and security

For each category, a selection of practical STI solutions and innovative case studies worldwide are presented.

Finally, the report calls for action at the national and international level to seize the innovation momentum from the COVID-19 pandemic and to use the transformative power of STI to deliver on the commitment to sustainable urban development.

Governments should prioritize the STI solutions that ensure value for money and more efficient spending, focusing on activities that boost urban resilience. International cooperation efforts will be needed to further pool, formalize and transfer the available knowledge on effective STI solutions.