The city of 2030 is a theoretical global model intended to theorize how our increasingly global world will develop and function by the time 2030 has rolled around. The United Cities and Local Governments met in 2010 and declared their manifesto – intended to look to the future and how to create the best conditions for everyone.
From their manifesto:
“Our future is not only globally intertwined, but increasingly urban. In the next 20 years Africa and Asia will see by far the fastest growth in urban settlements. In Africa alone, the growth in population will equal the current entire population of the USA.
It is the world’s medium and smaller towns and cities, far more than the largest cities, which will be responsible for receiving and looking after these millions of new urban dwellers. Moreover, as the world’s urban population grows, the interdependence of town and countryside become even tighter.
We know of course that the challenges facing city leaders differ from region to region, from country to country, and that those in low-income countries face stresses and problems on a vastly greater scale. But we share many common goals as well as problems, and are united in a common determination to make our urban world a better, more inclusive world. Here, therefore, is our Manifesto for the City of 2030.”
The handy infographic below, created to detail parts of the manifesto, focuses mostly on governance, but also contains a section on education in the City of 2030. It uses recent data as examples of what must change as we move forward.