KPMG in Norway and United Cities – The Centre for Sustainable Cities and Communities in Vienna are working together to help bring sustainable urban development to cities around the world. The alliance was formed to help support cities and municipalities drive progress in the area of sustainability, and the inclusive economic transition needed to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The cooperation with KPMG has developed through the first U4SSC (United for Smart and Sustainable Cities) National Implementation Program initiated in Norway in 2019. U4SSC is a UN initiative initiated in 2016 and supported by 17 UN agencies.
Secretary General of United Cities and Chair of the U4SSC Cities KPI Implementation Program, Kari Aina Eik said, “The time for half-measures incrementalism and siloed actors is over. There are 10,000 cities with over 50,000 people in the world. We are committed together with KPMG to reach all cities by 2030, scaling 10X from the first 1,000 cities in the next year. To meet the magnitude of this goal, United Cities will announce on UN World Cities Day, 31 October, a major 10,000 Cities Decade of Action Fund, jointly with the SDG Impact Fund”
William Kennedy, Senior Officer of the UN Office of Partnerships welcomed the United Cities and KPMG global collaboration as a landmark for the 2030 Agenda. Kennedy commented, “Cities are responsible for 80% of Global GDP, and 70-80% of global energy use and fully 80% of global carbon emissions. There is no question - change cities, and you change the world. The bold and necessary target of 10,000 cities by 2030 brings the realization of SDG 11 into reach, and holds everything that SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals, is meant to bring about.”
Global Chairman of Infrastructure and Head of Cities Centre of Excellence, KPMG, Stephen Beatty added, “We understand the global importance of cities and have the right experience to deliver sustainable projects successfully. KPMG firms are ready to support cities with the tools and methodologies required to enhance their capabilities and accelerate project delivery.”
Currently, there are over 200 cities globally implementing the U4SSC KPIs, with a goal together with United Cities of reaching 1,000 cities over the next 12 months.
Partner and Head of KPMG Sustainability in Norway, Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg adds, “Together with United Cities, KPMG is committed to lifting cities around the world and accelerating concrete sustainable solutions, where they are needed most. Our alliance with United Cities is one of KPMG’s leading contributions to reaching SDG 11 by 2030 and we are extremely proud of that.”
KPMG is a global organization of independent professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. KPMG operates in 146 countries and territories and in FY20 had close to 227,000 people working in member firms around the world
KPMG Norway is represented by around 1,400 staff and partners distributed across 25 offices.
United Cities is an independent not for profit organisation set up with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. United Cities implements programs enabling international organisations, the public and global business and financial markets to collaborate effectively in uplifting cities and communities worldwide as the world’s primary engines to realize prosperity and achieve the UN Sustainable Goals by 2030
United Cities Funds is a global Donor Advised Fund, and family of catalytic capital instruments dedicated enabling cities to serve as 10X engines of achieving the SDGs 2030; and ensuring a post-COVID economic reboot worldwide that leaves absolutely no one behind. United Cities Funds is administered by the SDG Impact Fund, a fully independent 501(c)3, Donor Advised Fund based in the U.S.
The purpose of SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities is to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and is essential to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development committed by 193 countries.
Stine Lise Hattestad
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