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UN-Habitat’s Climate Smart Cities Challenge


At Expo 2020 in Dubai, UN-Habitat and Sweden launched the Climate Smart Cities Challenge to accelerate the shift to climate-neutral cities.

Sponsoring Agency: UN-Habitat and Sweden

Type of Fund: Challenge

Deadline: January 5, 2022


The Climate Smart Cities Challenge invites innovative organisations of different types and sizes to submit their best approaches, solutions and technologies to reduce carbon emissions while providing positive impacts on the quality of life in four cities – Bogota, Colombia; Bristol, United Kingdom; Curitiba, Brazil; and Makindye Ssabagabo, Uganda.

The climate challenges of these four cities range from green and affordable homes, net-zero-carbon neighborhoods to urban freight management. Up to 20 finalists per city will be invited to form teams to demonstrate how to solve the cities’ climate challenges.

“Cities are at the heart of the climate change problem. But cities are also the key to the solution. Cities need to take climate change seriously and significantly reduce their carbon emissions, while improving their resilience and adaptability to climate-related disasters and negative effects. Now is the time for action,” said UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif.

The Climate Smart Cities Challenge uses an open innovation competition process, where teams of innovators are selected to collaborate with cities and investors to demonstrate climate smart approaches that will inform future investments in the cities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Innovators
  • Startups
  • SMEs
  • Individuals with climate-smart solutions ideas

For more information, visit United Nations.


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