Cities are gaining international importance and urban actors worldwide are facing comparable issues in urban development. Although local solutions are required, they increasingly have global relevance.

Many of the locally existing solutions for sustainable urban development - for example, for energy efficiency, mobility or land management - have an innovative character and have already proven themselves, but are often not sufficiently known. There is a lack of systematic access to these practice-oriented solutions and contacts.

Against this background, the International Cities Platform for Sustainable Development CONNECTIVE CITIES was set up to promote the exchange of municipal expertise and to mediate between supply and demand.

Connective Cities is a joint venture between the Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Engagement Global with its Service Agency Communities in One World. The International Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).