Sustainable Cities

The 2030 Agenda seeks, as outlined in objective 11, to make cities and human settlments inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. In the best of cases, cities have allowed people to improve socially and economically. However, there are many problems associated to maintaining cities in a way that allows them to continue creating jobs and prosperity without putting pressure on the land, resources, and populations’ peaceful coexistence.

Cities are buzzing with ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and so much more.

Latin American cities have not been characterized as being the result of meticulous urban planning. They have experienced exponential growth, making Latin America and the Carribean the second most urbanized region on the planet today (80% of urbanized populations with prospects of reaching 86% according to projections by the BID).

It is necessary to rethink our cities in such a way as for them to be sustainable (i) environmentally (ii) socially and simultaneously (ii) governable.

This phenomenon demands that the region addresses in each city, with different emphasis, problems of socio-spatial segregation, quantitative and qualitative deficits of green and public spaces, waste management, housing and transport problems, incorporation new technologies, generation and provision of public goods, noise pollution, air quality, transparent and efficient management, participatory budgets, etc.

Carlos Andrés Franco Pachón

Carlos Franco, specialist in innovation ecosystem development issues, was project manager of Ruta N, Medellin. This innovation center develops different programs and services to facilitate the economic evolution of the city towards intensive business in science, technology and innovation, in an inclusive and sustainable way.

In CILAC, Mr. Franco participated in the high-level session on Knowledge Cities and innovation areas, and in the roundtable Science for urban development. In all his interventions, he spoke about the importance of technology to achieve sustainable cities, one of the three thematic axes of the Forum.

The Regional Program Specialist Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Guillermo Anlló, made him an interview asking Caros Franco abous his experience in Medellin and other issues related to science and technology.