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1000 Cities Challenge

Reports and Scorecards

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Africa

Luanda
Angola

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Asia

Beijing
China

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Chengsha
China

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Guangzhou
China

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Harbin
China

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Hiroshima
Japan

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Kobe
Japan

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Kyoto
Japan

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Nagoya
Japan

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Sapporo
Japan

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Shanghai
China

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Shizouka
Japan

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Theran
Iran

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Toyama
Japan

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Tsukuba
Japan

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Yokohama
Japan

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Europe

Bilbao
Spain

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Spain

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Madrid
Spain

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Málaga
Spain

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Murcia
Spain

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Palma de Mallorca
Spain

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Sevilla
Spain

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Valencia
Spain

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Zaragoza
Spain

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3 Municipalities in Lisbon
Portugal

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North America

Austin
United States

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Colima
Mexico

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Cuernavaca
Mexico

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Guadalajara
Mexico

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León
Mexico

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Mérida
Mexico

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Monterrey
Mexico

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St. Louis
United States

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Tapachula
Mexico

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Tijuana
Mexico

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Toluca
Mexico

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Querétaro
Mexico

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Oceania

Brisbane
Australia

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South America

Bogotá
Colombia

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Curitiba
Brazil

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Medellín
Colombia

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Florianópolis
Brazil

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Londrina
Brazil

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Medellín
Colombia

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Pelotas
Brazil

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Porto Alegre
Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

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Santiago de Chile
Chile

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We invite city governments and organizations working with geospatial data scientists, policy researchers, and the Open Data community from around the world to join the 1000 Cities Challenge.

The 1000 Cities Challenge aims to scale up the Global Observatory of Healthy and Sustainable Cities to include over 1000 cities from across the globe. 

The 1000 Cities Challenge provides open access, comparable and evidence-based data, scorecards, and reports on policy and spatial indicators of healthy and sustainable cities.

Join the 1000 Cities Challenge

  • Use our open access tools to generate policy and/or spatial indicators for your city
  • Get your city included in the Global Observatory of Healthy and Sustainable Cities and become part of our global collaboration.
  • Use city indicator reports and scorecards to inform policy, advocacy and research.
  • Have the opportunity to co-author future publications.
  • Become involved in the development of new urban policy and planning indicators of healthy and sustainable cities.
  • Our tools can be used to analyze policies and urban areas at any scale;  such as whole metropolitan areas, or smaller parts of a metropolitan area, among others.
  • Our team provides support for calculating indicators.

Steps for participating in the 1000 Cities Challenge

Click each step for more information

City team

Country/Regional mentor

Support provided by the Global Observatory of Healthy and Sustainable Cities team

1

Recruit city team

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Present results to local policy makers and relevant actors to inform goal-setting and progress tracking

Membership

When joining the 1000 Cities Challenge you become a member of the Global Observatory of Healthy and Sustainable cities community. With your free membership, you will have access to the following benefits:

1

Recruit City Team

Recruit a team to gather the necessary data, use the GOHSC data processing tools to compute policy and spatial indicators for your city, and advocate for their use to improve health and sustainability in your city.

  • Your city will need people with expertise in:
    • Government policy
    • Spatial analysis (including use of Open Access Data)  advocacy
  • Sign up for the 1000 Cities Challenge to gain access to our data processing tools. Fill out the signup form for yourself or your team [Survey asks about city/region, job title, organization, skills, willingness to share results in academic publications, and desired level of engagement (ability to provide data, already run code, advocate, provide funding]
  • When you complete the survey, you can request to join an already signed up city or regional group, connecting you with other people from your region who have signed up to participate.
  • Your team will then be contacted by a Regional/Country Coordinator, who can assist you with the next steps.

2

Attend or watch an information and/or training session

3

Generate a Data Collection and Analysis Plan

  • Download and familiarize yourself with the Policy Checklist.
  • Review the steps for the Indicators Software available from the Global Observatory website, Resources tab.
  • Develop a policy data collection plan and identify who will collect the data.

4

Seek advice from country/regional mentor

The Global Observatory team, including country/regional coordinators can act as mentors or guides and will be able to answer questions related to the data collection plan, policy and spatial indicators computation, and generation of the Scorecard and Report.

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Plan periodic reassessments to monitor progress

Your team can continue to work together to advocate for progress and serve as a resource for city leaders.

Repeating the calculation of indicators every few years provides occasions to celebrate progress, identify continuing, and update goals.

5

Collect data

Policy data

  1. Identify the relevant level(s) of government for your analysis, and the government sectors responsible for the policy areas covered in the Policy Checklist.
  2. Conduct a search of government or public websites and repositories to identify relevant policy documents.
  3. Find and enter relevant policy details into the 1000 Cities Challenge Policy Checklist.

Spatial data

  1. Confirm the existence of the required spatial data.
  2. Download data for analysis of your urban area.
DataPurposeRequired
OpenStreetMapOpenStreetMap .pbf file with coverage of the region (and time) of interest; this could be an historical planet file, or a region-specific excerptYes
Population GridsPopulation distribution raster grid or vector data with coverage of urban region of interest. GHS population grid (R2023) is recommendedYes
Region BoundaryVector boundary for identifying study region (e.g. geopackage, geojson or shp).Conditional
Urban RegionGlobal Human Settlements Layer Urban Centres database and/or administrative boundary for urban region of interestConditional
Transit FeedsCollections of zipped GTFS feeds to represent public transport service frequencyNo
OtherOther custom data, such as points of interestNo

Further information and guidance on how to collect policy and spatial data is available on the Global Observatory website, Resources tab

9

Present results to city leaders & build consensus for an improvement plan

You are now ready to organize one or more meetings or events to present results to city leaders and encourage their use in setting goals to improve policies and environments in your cities.

It is useful to have people from multiple sectors involved in the presentations.There are recordings of local events in which indicators are presented to city leaders on the website.

8

Submit your data, Scorecard, and Report for inclusion on the Global Observatory of Healthy and Sustainable Cities website

Send your city’s finalised Scorecard and/or Report to info@healthysustainablecities.org, for upload to the Global Observatorywebsite.

Your city will officially be included in the 1000 Cities Challenge, and city teams will become part of our Global Healthy and Sustainable City-Indicators Collaboration.

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Compute spatial and policy indicators using the Global Healthy & Sustainable City Indicators (GHSCI) Software

Check your data and indicator results to ensure they are as accurate as possible. Validation checklists and the Global Observatory team will assist with validation.

Please contact our team for support: info@healthysustainablecities.org

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Compute spatial and policy indicators using the Global Healthy & Sustainable City Indicators (GHSCI) Software

Use the GHSCI Software to:

  • Configure and analyze spatial data
  • Upload the Policy Checklist for analysis
  • Generate indicator outputs (e.g., maps, summary reports for validation and comparison)
  • Please contact our team if you require support using the GHSCI Software

Policy indicators include:

Metropolitan transport policy with health-focused actions

Air pollution policies for transport and land-use planning

Requirements for public transport access to employment and services

Employment distribution requirements

Parking restrictions to discourage car use

Minimum public open space access requirements

Street connectivity requirements

Provision of pedestrian infrastructure and targets for walking participation

Provision of cycling infrastructure and targets for cycling participation

Housing density requirements

Minimum requirements for public transport access and targets for public transport use

Publicly available information on government expenditure for different transport modes

Spatial indicators include:

Population with access to fresh food market or supermarket

Population living in neighbourhoods above minimum density threshold for WHO physical activity target

Population with access to regularly running formal public transport (<20 mins)

Population living in neighbourhoods above the median walkability across cities

Population living in neighbourhoods above minimum connectivity threshold for WHO physical activity target

Population with access to any public open space