In a special gathering of UN-Habitat, the United Nations program for human settlements, a multidisciplinary team of innovators unveiled a concept for the world’s first sustainable floating city made fit for up to 10,000 residents.
The roundtable brought together innovators, explorers, marine engineers, and scientists to explore solutions to the threat that coastal communities face due to rising sea levels in the face of climate change. In particular, how self-sustaining floating communities capable of producing their own food, energy, fresh water, and zero waste could address growing concerns of displacement following climate-related events in the future.
“We are the UN agency mandated to work with cities, be they on land or water. We are ready to engage in dialogue on Sustainable Floating Cities to ensure this burgeoning sector is mobilized to good effect and for the benefit of all people,” said Maimunah Mohd Sharif, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat and UN Under-Secretary-General, in a statement emailed to IFLScience.