SAP Urban Matters: Better Cities, Better Lives, Part 1: Overview Video

Our cities are at the forefront of a rapidly changing world. Find out why our cities are so vital to improving the lives of people and to helping the world run better. The SAP Urban Matters initiative introduces some of the key challenges we face in our cities.

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    • Our planet faces profound change.
    • We have reached an inflection point.
    • This century will be a century of cities.
    • To create a future for our children, we must make thoughtful choices—and take decisive action—around urbanization.
    • That’s why urban matters to citizens, governments, businesses, and SAP.
    • Improving the lives of citizens must be our Number One priority.
    • Making our lives better depends on all of us working together harmoniously.
    • Cities are complex, diverse, dynamic systems.
    • They are a hub for innovation, collaboration, and growth.
    • They are the economic engine that drives the fortunes of entire nations.
    • In fact, the top 120 cities account for 29 percent of the world’s gross domestic product.
    • Today, cities don’t simply compete with local urban centers.
    • But globally, across international borders.
    • New cities are emerging at an extraordinary pace.
    • For the first time, more than half the world’s 7 billion people live in urban settlements.
    • By 2050, 70 percent of a projected 9.3 billion people will call cities home.
    • Cities consume 75 percent of natural resources and produce as much as 80 percent of carbon-dioxide emissions and 50 percent of wastewater.
    • Best-run cities are creating smart, agile economies that generate growth and wealth.
    • Best-run cities are learning the lessons of the financial crisis and developing win-win models for businesses of all sizes.
    • Best-run cities are making sustainability matter in everything they do.
    • So what places a city among the best-run and most globally competitive?
    • How do our cities sustain, renew, and transform themselves for future generations?
    • There are eight fundamentals to becoming a best-run city.
    • First is a smart economy—being able to create long-term prosperity and growth for the entire city.
    • Building success on innovation, entrepreneurs, and socially responsible business models.
    • Second is good government that’s inclusive and high-performing.
    • Third is a free, fair, and open society.
    • One that celebrates diversity and cultural richness.
    • And that makes people feel included and empowered.
    • Fourth is resilience and sustainability—being green and clean.
    • Reducing risk and vulnerability, and improving preparedness.
    • Tackling poverty and health insecurity, and promoting healthy living.
    • Fifth is global attractiveness, ensuring a welcoming and accessible city.
    • Providing a safe and secure city that improves lives.
    • And where public officials deliver world-class services.
    • Sixth is human and social capital, where all citizens play a role in realizing the city’s potential.
    • And where education, skills, and talent development form the city’s DNA.
    • Seventh is world-class financial expertise.
    • After the financial crisis, providing responsible financial services is key to long-term success.
    • Eighth is excellent infrastructure.
    • And it’s not just about physical infrastructure.
    • It also includes soft infrastructure around knowledge, technology, culture, and research.
    • Being a best-run city in a century of cities means addressing all these fundamentals.
    • The future is in our hands.
    • And that future depends on our cities running like never before.
    • SAP Urban Matters is about improving lives and helping cities run better than ever.
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