The rapid urbanization of the world—with half the population currently living in cities, increasing to three-quarters by 2050—represents both opportunities and challenges to sustainable development. 

On the one hand, cities generate 80 per cent of GDP and drive national economies by creating prosperity, enhancing social development and providing employment. On the other, cities that are unable to effectively manage growth can give rise to poverty, exclusion and environmental degradation.

To make the positive changes needed to achieve lasting impact, cities will need to drive innovation in ground-breaking ways and leverage the power of technology to solve urban challenges and ensure that no one is left behind, as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Innovation Technology Accelerator for Cities in Hamburg (UNITAC Hamburg) will contribute to this United Nations global agenda.

Led by UN-Habitat, it will work in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology, HafenCity University as well as with its growing partner network from academia, the private sector, think tanks, national and local governments, and investors like the Government of Germany; which generously provided EUR 5.7 million (approximately USD 6.7 million) to establish the initiative and to support its work over the next four years.

If you would like to get involved and shape the scope of UNITAC Hamburg within a wider ecosystem of partners, kindly complete this form. A member of our team will respond to you shortly.