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UNACTO hosts 'Building a Sustainable Toronto: Plans for a Better City by 2030'

TORONTO, ON—The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. More than half the world’s population has been living in cities since 2007, and that number is projected to climb to 68 per cent by 2050, leaving no doubt that the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be determined by these parts of the world.

COVID-19 hit cities particularly hard in 2020, exposing key challenges. Cities have been on the frontline of coping

with the pandemic and its lasting impacts due to the virus’s unprecedented spread. The targets outlined in SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, such as access to safe, adequate and affordable housing, are proving to be more critical than ever before.

In support of SDG 11, UNACTO will host its first, highly anticipated virtual event of the new year, Building a Sustainable Toronto: Plans for a Better City by 2030. Joined by a distinguished panel of thought leaders, innovators and academic researchers, UNACTO will explore Toronto’s approach to urban planning, affordable housing and sustainable living.

Date and time: 4 February 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST.

Location: All registered attendees will receive a personal link to join the event via Zoom.


  • Candice Batista Environmental Journalist


  • Rochelle Byrne Executive Director, A Greener Future

  • Matti Siemiatycki Associate Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

  • Roya Khaleeli Director, Sustainability and Innovation, Minto Group

  • Susan McGeachie Global Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Hatch

For more information, please contact:

Sharmin Hassaniani

Director of Communications

United Nations Association in Canada Toronto Region Branch (UNACTO)


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