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                The City We Need NOW! Middle East and Arab States Campaign

              Building Resilience

    Leaving No One and No Place Behind














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The Middle East and Arab States are at a crossroads. Cities are struggling with multiple crisis amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the multiple effects of climate change. Vulnerable groups are hit by social, economic, and political challenges, resulting in devastating setbacks to advance inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities.


The Middle East and Arab States are off-track to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and urban areas are increasingly at risk struggling with deepening inequalities and infrastructure gaps. The COVID-19 pandemic led to a reversal in SDG progress on many goals and indicators.


However, despite these setbacks, cities and urban areas remain central to the sustainable development trajectory. Cities are where a new social contract can emerge to accelerate climate action, ensure peace and health for all. Cities and communities have demonstrated solutions and are accelerators for the implementation of the SDGs.

9 February 2022: Campaign Launch 

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Front runner partners:​

  • Middle East Cities Center, Dubai, UAE

Campaign partners:

  • International Union of Architects UIA


  • Africa Union of Architects, Egypt

  • Dubai CEO Club, Dubai, UAE

  • ME Capital Club, UAE



  • Dubai Cares, UAE

  • Expo 2020, UAE


  • Camps and Dreams, UAE

  • Dubai Helth Authority, UAE

  • Arab Youth Center, UAE


  • Injaz Al Arab, UAE

  • Entrepioneers 2030, UAE

  • American University of Dubai, UAE

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Mahmoud AlBurai, Campaign Front Runner, announces The City We Need Now Middle East on CNN
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