Global Urban Development GUD

Global Urban Development (GUD) is a worldwide non-profit organization founded in 2001, consisting of a rapidly growing network of more than 300 dynamic and well-known urban leaders from many different countries representing a wide range of occupations and institutions. We conduct education, research, and action to promote policy ideas that help generate more equitable urban planning and more sustainable urban development throughout the world.  To further these goals, we publish annually the state-of-the-art Global Urban Development Magazine on our website,, and we engage in projects in partnership with a wide variety of organizations, especially the United Nations UN.
Global Urban Development was founded on three basic ideas … (full long text GUD).

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Issues: in the right column of the Homepage; Publications; GUD Magazine;
Address: GUD, 1050 K.Street NW, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20001, USA;
Contact: +1 202 554 5891, e-mail.

Mission statement: Looking back at the history of cities and towns, of metropolitan growth and urban development reveals important truths about their future. 

The fundamental tradition and promise of urban life is community, civility, and citizenship, the common values that all human beings share. These include: the balance of rights and responsibilities; a feeling of belonging to a larger whole; the everyday courtesy that makes life safe, peaceful, and pleasant; the economic and social advancement that makes life secure, sufficient, and fulfilling – best represented by the definition of “civilization” which comes from the same ancient root word as “city.” The timeless human goals of enabling families and communities to thrive are fully expressed through urban development in the finest sense of the term, which involves preservation of what is already good, as well as creating new opportunities and possibilities. Urban life – despite its many problems and failings during the past few centuries, from poverty and disease to violence and overcrowding – has been and continues to be the destiny and promise of global civilization. In the 21st century, urbanism offers the world new hope for reaffirming eternal and universal bonds of humanity and nature.

Global Urban Development is dedicated to serving and enfranchising people in order to heal the many places where the universal bonds of humanity and nature are now undergoing severe challenges; to restoring accountability and balance to urban development and community; to promoting and enhancing prosperity and quality of life for all people; and to strengthening communal and civic bonds not just for our time, but for the ages. Our goal is to initiate and build a worldwide awakening of human spirit and fellowship, of economic equity, social civility, political citizenship, and environmental sustainability, as a legacy for future generations.

In the 21st century, for the first time in human history, a majority of the world’s population is urbanized, living in cities, towns, and other urban places. During the coming decades, the most rapid global population growth will be in the urban areas of the developed and developing world, including a steadily rising number of “megacities” with more than ten million residents. The United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed by nearly 200 countries in the fall of 2000, officially recognized the vital urban challenges of the future. There is an urgent need to address these concerns, and to develop new entities that can apply intelligence and experience to generating effective solutions. Global Urban Development has joined a very select number of research and education centers around the world that are devoted to assessing urban policies and enhancing urban development. Global Urban Development is a non-profit organization devoted to research, teaching, discussion, publication, and action on the major issues related to urban development around the world – governance, citizenship, demography, planning, design, construction, economics, finance, public policy, transportation, infrastructure, employment, technology, culture, community development, housing, environment, education, recreation, health, and safety. Our primary emphasis is on organizing dialogues and designing projects that generate strategic policy interventions and program innovations which can be replicated on a very large scale to improve the quality of life in urban communities worldwide. In addition, Global Urban Development’s special focus is on building and strengthening a global network that brings experts on urban issues in developing countries together with experts on urban issues in developed countries to actively engage in a unified worldwide conversation devoted to producing effective action, and widely publicizing the results and benefits of strategic investments … (full long text Mission statement).

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