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Facing the immediate effects of the climate change already, the question of how to shape the cities of the future is fundamental. Housing, mobility or circular systems have to adapt to the new climate realities and therefore cities need to change, too. Networks of sustainable cities and urban change-makers already invest great efforts in shaping urban futures characterized by green solutions, diversity and future concepts of mobility. Today, these issues form part of NGO NEST Berlin’s ongoing projects and will be even more important for our future activities.





Sustainable Cities Collaboratory

The Sustainable Cities Collaboratory is a practically oriented research body. It brings together the knowledge and skills of mayors, municipal officers, urban practitioners and academic researchers to develop principles and policies for good urban practice. Its role is to develop practical roadmaps for sustainable urban development in the participating cities and beyond.

The Cities Collaboratory comprises a group of Metropolis cities, together with a small number of global advisors and a selection of important research centres from around the world. It is supported by a general secretariat in Berlin, and a working group in the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.

OFFICE in Berlin; also the city of Brussels is involved.

Urban Future

A Community & hub with coordinating offices in Graz and Vienna

They also just started a platform

Berlin Global Village

Opened in July 2022 in Berlin Neukölln.

“Berlin Global Village” is Berlin’s one world center. Since March 2021, 50 development-policy and migrant-diasporic NGOs are located here for their commitment. They offer a diverse political and cultural program for the urban society in the public event spaces. With Berlin Global Village, a unique place for diversity, encounters, open dialogue and commitment is being created in Berlin. In spirit of globally fair and sustainable development – in and for Berlin. Inclusive, diverse and sensitive to issues of discrimination.   

Around 50 development-policy and migrant-diasporic NGOs located at the centrum – from small voluntary associations and larger non-governmental organizations to state and federal umbrella organizations – form a strong network with a unique variety of topics related to globally fair development.

Central topics identified:

  • migration/migrants
  • world / diasporic cultures
  • development agencies
  • Global Learning / Education
  • Sustainability
  • International Volunteering