The Thomson Reuters Foundation recently featured an article on the importance of the “urban question” in setting the post-2015 development agenda.

Aromar Revi, SDSN Leadership Council member and Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), explains: “If we don’t transform the way cities function and how the urban metabolism and its relationship with rural areas actually is, we’re putting the entire planet at risk.”

Shobhakar Dhakal, member of SDSN Sustainable Cities thematic group, notes that “given that cities emit 60 to 80 percent of global CO2 emissions, climate change is another issue that should be addressed through an approach that looks at urban areas as systems and gives local governments the capacity to act.”