Local governments around the world are taking the concept of “care” very seriously. Cities care in many ways, by placing the concept of care at the center of service provision and as the underlying principle to elaborate decisions and design inclusive initiatives for those who need them the most. 

Policies directed at caregivers, the vulnerable, the elderly, people with disabilities, children and women, among others, are increasingly becoming a priority for cities and regional governments, seeking to address inequalities and improve people’s lives.

These care policies and programs have been growing in recent years, especially after COVID-19 where care work became more visible and showcased the disproportioned burden it has on women. In Latin America the Montevideo Strategy (2016), Santiago’s Commitment (2020), and the Buenos Aires Commitment (2022) showcase the compromise to develop and implement caring policies, identifying the leadership that cities have in this task while involving the different sectors of society in operations and financing. 

UNDP and AICCRE Venice, with the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has opened the first-ever exhibition space on cities and SDGs in the framework of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in Italy on the 15th of September 2023. The Pavilion is showcasing how cities care about their citizens and our planet. 

Download the document here