The term sustainability, which is directly related to basic concepts such as livability, inclusiveness, and resilience, deals with the protection of ecology, the provision of social justice and economic development together. A sustainable world is dependent on our local actions; however, individual efforts of cities alone are insufficient to ensure global sustainability. Sustainability actions of cities should not be limited to the local level and be provided on a global scale in coordination with other cities, only then we can talk about true sustainability.
Current urbanization policies and growth models have confronted today's cities and societies with great environmental, economic, and social challenges. Cities appear as the main subject of sustainability since they are the main consumers of ecological resources and the main agents of environmental destruction. Reducing the pressure on natural resources by transforming the current production and consumption policies and practices in cities is critical to ensuring urban sustainability. On the other hand, sustainable urban development is closely related to economic and social fields as well as the ecological field. Therefore, strengthening the local economy and employment and eliminating inequalities between different communities are of great importance in ensuring sustainable development.
The “sustainable city” axis, which deals with the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of cities, is one of the main axes of MARUF21. The sessions in line with this axis will provide the basis for comprehensive and interdisciplinary discussions on the integration of goals that will foster sustainable urban development into current urban and social processes.