Urban Transitions Alliance


Name of initiative Urban Transitions Alliance
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
Website address https://urbantransitions.org/about/
Related initiatives
Starting year 2017
End year
Secretariat ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

World Secretariat Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 7 53113 Bonn, Germany E-mail: urban.transitions@iclei.org

Organisational structure The Urban Transitions Alliance, an initiative managed by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and funded by Stiftung Mercator, presents an opportunity for industrial legacy cities across the world to become global leaders in sustainable urban development.
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation ICLEI
Type of lead organisation Other intergovernmental organization
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Germany


Description The Urban Transitions Alliance presents an opportunity for industrial and former industrial cities across the world to become global leaders in sustainable and inclusive urban development.
Objectives The Urban Transitions Alliance is designed for ambitious cities with industrial legacies to share knowledge, discover new solutions and better navigate their urban transitions towards a sustainable and equitable future.
Activities The Alliance connects industrial legacy cities from across the globe to share transition achievements and jointly identify current challenges. Alliance cities receive tailored support through strong working relationships with local government peers, partners and technical experts.
One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative
Activity of initiative
Goals Severe job loss in legacy sectors and ongoing disinvestment that primarily impacted former worker’s neighborhoods have led to social inequality as a major transition challenge in Alliance cities. The equity aspect of urban transitions constitutes a joint priority, guiding the conversations and helping to identify clear objectives for cooperation. Throughout the activities, the Alliance is building a knowledge base on how sustainability plans and programs can be designed to benefit all residents and increase equity.
Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved Cities set the course of the Alliance by deciding the topics and challenges to be addressed. Annual challenge support cycles provide the expertise, partnerships and collaborative space they need to tackle their green and just transition goals.
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals
How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting https://urbantransitions.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Urban-Transitions-Alliance-Roadmaps-April-2019-web.pdf


Participants Number Names
Members 16  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 16 Baltimore (USA),  Buffalo (USA),  Cincinnati (USA),  Dortmund (Germany),  Essen (Germany),  E-Town - Beijing (China),  Gelsenkirchen (Germany),  Huairou District - Beijing (China),  Katowice (Poland),  Pittsburgh (USA),  Turku (Finland),  Yuhua District - Shijiazhuang (China),  Bristol (United K.),  Glasgow (United K.),  Mannheim (Germany),  Newark (USA)
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 17 September 2020 18:39:16

Not only have national states as participators