Back in 2015, the United Nations set an ambitious 15-year plan to address the most pressing issues faced by the world. The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

According to a report from the Business Commission, achieving the SDGs could create 380 million jobs and help unlock at least $12 trillion in opportunities for business by 2030 alone. According to the report, cities play a key role in achieving this. But how does sharing & digital economy fit in this scenario? Sharing for global sustainable development offers cities an alternative route to catch up while giving solutions to developing countries for optimized resources allocation. It can be considered as a way to sustainable development and a world of shared future.

However, there are challenges to measure and monitoring the actions. Cities and organizations have several initiatives, but they don’t know which of those are linked to SDGs. At the Sharing Cities Alliance we want to help them in defining actions for SDGs and provide best case examples.

“By supporting our member cities to maximize the benefits of the shared knowledge between and among the partner cities of the Sharing Cities Alliance, we’re helping to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Economic, environmental and societal dimensions are all directly addressed by the Alliance activities. “

The Sharing Cities Alliance Foundation

How do we approach the SDGs?

“Both global and local foundations are providing strong backing for UNDP's development activities. We recognize the tremendous knowledge that foundations offer, ranging from governance and environment to health and financial inclusion; and work with them at the community level to better address local issues.”

United Nations on Foundations

Our work at the Sharing Cities Alliance has always been characterized and distinguished by our approach to challenges and opportunities of sharing and platform economy. Lastly, we have been asking ourselves how we can aim further, and understand our long-term impact, and at a broader scale. As an independent foundation with long-term experience on the topics:

  • We gather international guidelines of sharing economy

  • We promote social recognition of sharing economy for SDGs 

  • We promote global partnerships 

  • We foster synergy in development 

  • We develop entrepreneurship for a digital future 

  • We gather and deliver knowledge on the specific topic of circular economy in both our online database and our online seminars

For each of the following Goals, the Sharing Cities Alliance has identified the services that make the most significant contribution. As the Alliance services covering several topics of the sharing and platform economy, from the regulation of its effects to the possible environmental impacts, there are numerous services that contribute to each of the following SDGs. Being the Alliance’s network composed by 16 active sharing cities, for a total of more than 100,000,000 people, we firmly believe that our services are not meant just to have an impact in city governments, but on each of the above-mentioned citizens.

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Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all

The Sharing Cities Alliance aims at providing access to comprehensive knowledge on Sharing Economy & related topics, to foster access to education among citizens.

  • Sharing knowledge and expertise on urgent issues, with insights for city legislators

  • Our online magazines contain high quality information and updates on the sharing and digital economy, which are aiming at increasing the knowledge and awareness of the readers

  • Our online database aims at mainstreaming education for sustainable development and global citizenship education

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Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Our work aims at improving the overall citizen’s quality of life, by enabling and sharing quality content and empowering governments to reach equal growth for all citizens

  • Specific section on the database on employment and economy

  • Investigating and sharing knowledge on best practices worldwide. In addition, we collaborate with cities that are at the forefront of regulating the side-effects of the sharing and gig economy on employment and labor conditions

  • Specific online seminar on the topic of minimum pay policy for “gig“ employees, and consequent rebound effects

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Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The Sharing Cities Alliance contributes to the debate and knowledge sharing of best practices worldwide that aim at making cities more sustainable, resilient and community-based.

  • Specific section on sustainability in our online database

  • Specific online seminar on the topic of the intersection between sustainability & circular economy

  • Participation in the knowledge dissemination process of the outcomes of European projects on the potential of circular collaborative practices at local level

  • Helping to co-organize and giving visibility to a summit on the role of sharing cities in advancing the SDGs in Sweden (October 2019)



"A game-changing conference and exhibition on the emerging sharing economy in cities"

During the 10th and 11th of October 2019, the Sharing Cities Alliance will be co-hosting a Sharing Cities Summit in the Swedish cities of Lund and Malmö. The purpose of the upcoming Summit is to bring together key participants engaged in the emerging sharing economy in cities around the globe to facilitate a critical discussion on the role of sharing cities in advancing the sustainable development goals and other related (sub)topics. The Summit aims to attract a diverse audience from government, business, academia and civil society to reflect the need for all these sectors to engage in creating a vibrant and sustainable sharing economy.

Conference @ Lund University on 10 October

Inspirational opening plenary, interactive lunch and breaks, and in-depth seminars bringing together a diverse audience and presenters of practitioners, researchers and policy-makers.


Exhibition @ Sege Park in Malmö on 11 October

A world-leading urban development project integrating the sharing economy into planning and infrastructure as well as an opportunity to explore and learn from the experiences and findings of test-beds in Stockholm, Malmö, Umeå and Göteborg.

Seminar @ Smart City Sweden on 11 October 

A seminar organized at Smart City Sweden with a focus on using city planning, development and the sharing economy as leverages to achieving smart and sustainable cities. Concluding the summit, connecting the dots and looking forwards.

Key speakers and participants

Representatives (from Malmö Municipality, Umeå Municipality, KTH and Göteborg Municipality) who lead test-beds on sharing cities in Malmö, Umeå, Stockholm, and Göteborg as part of Sharing Cities Sweden

Representatives (from Umeå University, Karlstad Municipality, Lund University, and IVL) who lead strategic projects on sharing cities covering Sharing Digital Platforms, Sharing Business Models, Sharing Towns, Sharing Communities and Sharing Behaviour 

Prof. Koen FrenkenUtrecht University

Prof. Oksana MontLund University

Prof. Karin BradleyKTH

Harmen van Sprang and Pieter van de Glind, Sharing Cities Alliance

Neal Gorenflo and Darren Sharp, Shareable

Mayo Fuster and Alvaro Porro González, Sharing Cities Action

Kes McCormick and Charlotte LeireSharing Cities Sweden

Patrikc Ryden and Charlie Gullström, Viable Cities


Session 1: Enabling sharing towns and communities

SDG 11 – ‘How can the sharing economy contribute to sustainable cities and communities?’

Session 2: Developing business models for the sharing economy

SDG 8 – ‘How can the sharing economy contribute to decent work and economic growth?

Session 3: Evaluating sustainability impacts of sharing cities 

SDG 12 – ‘How can the sharing economy lead to more sustainable consumption and production?’

Session 4: Institutionalizing sharing practices

SDG 17 – ‘How can partnerships underpin sharing cities?’

Session 5: Governing sharing cities

Session 6: Leveraging digitalisation for sharing cities 

Session 7: Connecting the sharing and circular economy

Session 8: The future of sharing

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