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UNGSII (in cooperation with UN Habitat, UNSDSN, UNICEF, UN Academic Impact, WHO, and other SDG-related Excellence Partners) have shortlisted 25 leading cities and 5 indigenous communities to implement all SDGs by 2025 and prove it's possible. Improvements and Learnings will be shared once per year at the SDG Lab in Davos but as  well at the UN Habitat Urban Forum and other events. The Front Runners will help develop criteria and metrics inspiring the other 9975 cities with more than 100.000 citizens.
Leading Cities within the 25+5 that have also defined their first projects include Abu Dhabi/Masdar, Brasov, Iasi, Klagenfurt, Mendoza and Santiago de Chile. The cities exchange with the SDG Champions at the SDG Champions Conference every year.

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25+5 SDG Cities Leadership Schedule

(Personal Invitation only)


SDG Planning Meeting Brasov, Romania


UNGSII SDG Lab, Davos, Switzerland


SDG Champions Conference, online

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SDG 25+5 Cities Leadership Platform


Roland Schatz

Trained as a journalist at Braunschweiger Zeitung, epd and Freiburger Nachrichten. Founded InnoVatio Verlag in 1985 while studying in Fribourg, CH. Founded Media Tenor in 1993 in Bonn. 2008 Appointed Global Media Expert of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization. 2009 Founded C1 Foundation in Basel together with Prince Ghazi of Jordan to overcome stereotypes between religions 2013 Appointed Senior Advisor to the UN Director General in Geneva. 2016 Established the UNGSII Foundation to provide data on the global implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

2019 Elected President of the AGAPE Foundation Geneva.

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