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The 10 shortlisted Cities

10 Shortlisted Cities

In November 2023, the Sustainable Cities Challenge shortlisted 10 cities in the running to host a city challenge.

City: Bengaluru

Country: India

Population: 13,607,800

Website: https://bbmp.gov.in/home

Theme: Strengthening mobility systems

Profile: Bengaluru is the most populated city in the southern states of India and the capital city of the state of Karnataka. The city is the largest IT hub in the country and is known as the “Silicon Valley of India” due to its proximity to many major tech parks and start-ups.

Skyline of Bengaluru
City view of Detroit

City: Detroit, Michigan

Country: United States

Population: 639,115

Website: https://detroitmi.gov/government/mayors-office/office-mobility-innovation  

Theme: Advancing low carbon mobility

Profile: Detroit, located in the state of Michigan, is home to the American auto industry, earning it the name “Motor City”. The city has long had a thriving arts and culture scene and was the birthplace of Motown. In recent years, the city has seen investment from the tech sector, attracting start-ups to the area.
 

City: Fortaleza

Country: Brazil

Population: 2,428,678

Website:  https://www.fortaleza.ce.gov.br

Theme: Overcoming mobility barriers

Profile: Fortaleza, sitting on the northeastern coast of Brazil, is one of the most visited cities in the country. Capital of the state of Ceará, it is now the country's 4th largest city and is known for its beaches and strong regional culture. With a thriving tourism and service industry, the city is a major contributor to Brazil’s GDP.  

City view of Fortaleza
Skyline of Medellín

City: Medellín

Country: Colombia

Population: 4,100,000

Website: www.metropol.gov.co

Theme: Overcoming mobility barriers

Profile: Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia after Bogotá. Set in the Aburrá Valley, it is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” due to its year-round warm weather. The city has emerged as a hub for creativity and innovation and makes an important contribution to the country’s economy. 

City: Mexico City

Country: Mexico

Population: 9,209,944

Website: www.semovi.cdmx.gob.mx

Theme: Advancing low carbon mobility

Profile: Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and the most populous city in North America. It is one of the most important economic hubs in Latin America. In 1987, the historic center of Mexico City was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Skyline of Mexico City
City view of New Orleans

City: New Orleans, Louisiana

Country: United States 

Population: 369,749

Website: https://nola.gov/ 

Theme: Strengthening mobility systems

Profile: Known for its French and Spanish Creole architecture and rich culture, the “Big Easy” faces a huge challenge: evacuations ahead of rapidly intensifying hurricanes. As the increase of rapidly intensifying hurricanes threaten coastal communities, the City of New Orleans and stakeholder partners seek an innovative solution to the challenge of evacuating vulnerable residents as hurricanes become increasingly dangerous on a much shorter timeline. 

City: Seberang Perai, Penang

Country: Malaysia

Population: 946,092

Website: https://www.mbsp.gov.my/index.php/ms/ 

Theme: Advancing low carbon mobility

Profile: Seberang Perai, a district in the northern region of Penang, Malaysia, is a diverse and industrious area that contributes significantly to the nation's economy. The city acts as a vital transportation hub, hosting a major port and connecting routes to Penang Island.

Seberang Perai Skyline
City view of Varansai

City: Varanasi

Country: India

Population: 2,100,000

Website: https://nnvns.org.in/

Theme: Strengthening mobility systems

Profile: Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Situated along the banks of the Ganges River, the city has long been considered a hub of learning, home to several esteemed educational institutions. The city is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

City: Venice

Country: Italy

Population: 254,8502525254,8504,8504,850

Website:  https://www.comune.venezia.it/

Theme: Overcoming mobility barriers

Profile: Venice, in northeastern Italy, is a city renowned for its distinctive geography and history. Built on a collection of 118 islands within a lagoon, it is connected by a complex network of canals and bridges. The City of Venice also includes the urban and industrial areas of Mestre and Marghera on the mainland. Venice is a major Italian port and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   

City view of Venice
City view of York

City: York

Country:  United Kingdom

Population: 200,0002525254,8504,8504,850

Website:  www.york.gov.uk

Theme: Advancing low carbon mobility

Profile: York is a historic, walled city in the north of England. Located along the River Ouse, the medieval city attracts over 8.9 million tourists from around the world every year. York is a perfect mix of heritage and hi-tech and innovative companies, and is a UNESCO City of Media Arts.