UN Selects Noida, Greater Noida For Global Sustainable Cities 2025 Initiative
The United Nations (UN) has shortlisted Noida and Greater Noida to participate in its Global Sustainable Cities 2025 initiative under the “University City” category, leaving behind Delhi and Mumbai. These two cities will be among 25 cities that have been selected by the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
In the "University City" category, Noida-Greater Noida will get to compete with premier educational cities such as Cambridge, Palo Alto and Heidelberg. The UN will enter into an agreement with the city administration to provide a multi-million dollar funding to fulfill these SDGs. Also, the UN will sponsor PhD degrees of 51 scholars in Noida who would contribute through research in this programme.
According to the SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2018, China, India and the United States account for more than 40 per cent of the world’s gap in achieving sustainable consumption and production practices.
This move could positively impact the real estate market of the twin-city. With the rising number of homebuyers here, it may be important to address some of the predominant factors that cause the disruption of healthy lifestyle. For instance, some of the SDG’s that UN’s report mentions is looking at the annual mean concentration of particulate matter of less than 2.5 microns of diameter (PM2.5) in urban areas; improved water source through pipes and citizens’ satisfaction with public transport.
Not just this, the report also mentions that the performance of these cities will be calculated on various categories such as addressing poverty, good health and well-being, quality education, equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure.