WEF/Global Future Council/Cities of Tomorrow

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Interestsbuild back better, new normal, Michael Bloomberg Philanthropies, PwC, Melbourne, OECD, Brisbane, Amsterdam
Membership• Penny Abeywardena
• Robert Adams
• Aziza Akhmouch
• Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr
• James Anderson
• Ger Baron
• Cheryl Benini
• Jan Biese
• Eugenie Ladner Birch
• Sinéad Burke
• Chan Heng Chee
• Greg Clark
• Dyan Currie
• Guy Diedrich
• Hawazen Esbe
• Hazem Galal
• Tatiana Gallego-Lizon
• Miguel Gamiño
• Susan Goeransson
• Simon Huffeteau
• Hussam Hussein
• Jeremy Kelly
• Anna König Jerlmyr
• Niels Lund
• Amit Midha
• David Miller (C40 Climate Leadership Group)
• Maimunah Mohd Sharif
• Liz Muange
• Robert Muggah
• Naheed Nenshi
• Victor Pineda
• Carlo Ratti
• Marvin Rees
• Emilia Saiz
• Jennifer Semakula Musisi
• Jose Siri
• Fernando Straface
• Soichiro Takashima
• Kangkang Tong
• Jan Vapaavuori
• Annick Villeneuve
• Dagmar Vogel
• Sameh Wahba
• Marija Zima
World Economic Forum planning group to re-design cities to build back better.

The WEF's Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow is designed to identify how cities can be re-designed to build back better. The Global Future Councils serve as a brain trust for leaders from government, business and civil society collaborating in shaping agendas.

The members of the council represents remarkable powerful interests, such as billionaire Michael Bloomberg (central to COVID-19[citation needed]), the Wellcome Trust (a big pharma philanthropic comparable to the Gates Foundation) and MasterCard.

Cities such as New York, Melbourne,Brisbane, Amsterdam and Stockholm are represented and are presumably chosen as the pioneers in this re-design. What this means in practice can be seen with the rollout of vaccine passports, the forced closure of small businesses, and endless cycles of lockdowns.

Official narrative

Council mission and objectives[1]: COVID-19 has already significantly altered urban life, both physically and socially. From temporarily widened pavements, replacing car parking spaces and roadway with cycleways, to allowing restaurants to expand into the street to enable social distancing, these changes are transforming the urban streetscape.

In parallel, citizens are demanding that cities are built back better to become liveable, sustainable and affordable, which requires action on climate and resilience, the provision of vital social infrastructure (health and housing) and enabling the digital infrastructure required for our new normal. This is set against record budget shortfalls, dwindling tax revenues and record unemployment, while health, sanitation and housing costs have accelerated, putting city budgets into deficit.

The Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow will seek to identify how cities can be re-designed to build back better and provide the climate and resilience, social and digital infrastructure to do so, as well as rethinking traditional revenues and financing mechanisms to deliver liveable, sustainable and affordable cities.