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Launched in November 2021, the Council on Urban Initiatives is an independent body established in collaboration between UN-Habitat, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and LSE Cities at the London School of Economics.

Constituted initially by an international group of eighteen pioneering mayors, practitioners, activists and academics, the Council has been formed in response to UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ call to use the COVID-19 pandemic as an ‘opportunity to reflect and reset how we live, interact, and rebuild our cities’. The Council’s mission is to advocate for the power of cities to promote systemic change to achieve the goal of the green, just and healthy city.

With this mission at the core, the Council is organised around three concrete objectives:



For more information please download the following PDF publications:


  • UN Habitat for a Better Future
  • UCL Institure for Innovation and Public Purpose
  • LSE Cities

The Council on Urban Initiatives is supported by Knowledge Partner:

For more information please contact:

Rebecca Flynn
Project Co-ordinator
Council on Urban Initiatives 

LSE Cities