Tampere and Mwanza to join SDG Cities Global Initiative

Tampere and Mwanza signed letters of intent to join SDG Cities

November 10, 2022

The Finnish city of Tampere and Tanzanian city of Mwanza have expressed their intent to join the SDG Cities Global Initiative last month.

The City of Tampere, Finland, and the City of Mwanza, Tanzania, signed separate letters of intent with UN-Habitat to join SDG Cities.

Both cities intend to collaborate with UN-Habitat towards accelerating sustainable development and improve well-being for all through the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Tampere, Finland’s second largest city, has developed over the past years a mobility strategy increasing the walkability of the city, as well as the use of bicycles. Thanks to this strategy, the city was awarded the title of Cycling Municipality of the Year in 2013.

Mwanza, located on the Tanzanian shore of Lake Victoria, is the second largest city of the country. The city is surrounded by a rich biodiversity with Saanane National Park, Rubondo Island National Park and world-famous Serengeti National Park.

The two cities are already participating in UN-Habitat Voluntary Local Review process, a review of SDG implementation at the local level to substantially accelerate localization of the SDGs. By participating in SDG Cities, they will be taking a step forward towards achieving the SDGs.