The Global Cities Summit was hosted by the Global City Indicators Facility, Global Cities Institute at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Canada from May 15th-16th, 2014.


The Summit convened global leaders from the world’s cities, businesses, the United Nations and other international agencies, universities, and planning and design practices, and provided an opportunity for cities and their partners to learn, share and exchange experiences across a wide spectrum of big ideas and innovative solutions for cities under the theme, Getting on Track: Sustainable & Inclusive Prosperity for Cities. The Summit also featured an Innovations Marketplace (trade exhibit) showcasing an exclusive number of leading innovators with sustainable and cutting-edge solutions for cities, as well as a poster competition for students of Ontario universities and colleges on the same theme.


The Global Cities Summit served the following objectives:


  • Use globally standardized metrics for getting on track and building sustainable and prosperous cities;

  • Facilitate knowledge exchange across cities and sectors;

  • Strengthen the network of 250+ cities in the GCIF membership; and

  • Showcase leading innovations and solutions designed for urban environments.




Delegates from all regions attended the Summit, representing 26 countries and 103 cities worldwide. The largest proportion of delegates came from the Toronto area in Canada – while sizable delegations also attended from: Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan, China; the United States; Makkah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Haiphong, Vietnam; and Minna/Niger State, Nigeria.


Click here to visit the Global Cities Summit website.


Click here to view the Summit proceedings.

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