The UNDP innovation work shows that the most interesting and novel insights and experiences in policy work come at the intersection of industries, sectors and perspectives. Similarly, with the emerging work on cities, a set of experiments becomes evident that sit at the cross section of new approaches and technologies. These could either end up reinforcing existing inequalities and growth patterns or be leveraged for more inclusive and participatory development. Cities are on the forefront of how this question pans out. UNDP’s NextGenGov agenda also recognizes cities as one of the spaces for experimentation, given their emergent leadership in international governance, like climate change, and new civic accords. It is at the city level where a diverse and dynamic set of actors can be found, connecting, engaging and networking, and cutting across silos to improve life in cities, across three domains: public space, resident life and public administration. Innovation is also identified in governance of finance hitting the ground running in cities — from reforming the municipal bond markets and democratizing access to finance to mapping economy in real time. This is the reason UNDP has organised the Venice Forum on the Future of Cities/Cities of the Future; for municipal partners, external experts, and UNDP colleagues working at the intersection of innovation and cities and committed to making cities more livable.