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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. Read more


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.

After serving our 25+5 SDG cities with the weekly «Corona Perspectives» earlier this year we want to close 2020 with a special selection of interpretations how «Silent Night» is giving hope again across the world after it was composed 1818 inmidst all the struggles Europe was facing after all the wars 200 years ago – enjoy this version from the school orchestra in South Africa: the full 60 min video will be available March 18 2021.

25+5 SDG Cities

Leadership Platform

5 Participating Cities are selected from each of the following six categories:

* University

* UN 

* Medium - Approx. 500K pop.

* Large - Approx. 1 million pop.

* Mega - 5 million+ population

* Indigenous Communities

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Celebrating Progress

The SDG Cities Leadership Competition will feature several annually recurring events supported by an extensive global media distribution network. 


The Celebration Program is designed to showcase amazing stories of initiatives, people, technologies, programs,  organizations and measurable, realworld results that are responsible for progress being made toward the SDGs in each City.  


Live televised events such as the Global Goals Concert Series, and the Global Goals Awards Show, in addition to weekly magazine programs and short-format highlight content distributed via social media, are all designed to draw global attention to innovations, progress and outstanding contributions to the SDG originating from each participating city, their companies, non-profits and citizens.


25+5 SDG Cities Leadership Schedule


(Personal Invitation only)


January 6th - 8th 2020:


SDG Planning Meeting 2020 Brasov, Romania


January 21-24th 2020:

UNGSII SDG Lab, Davos, Switzerland

September 9th - 12th 2020:

SDG Champions Conference, online




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