WISE Working Group on Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Environments (WISE) Cities play an increasing role in shaping our societies and future developments. They are home to most of the global population, concentrate economic power and trade, and stimulate innovation and change. Latin America is one of the most urbanized regions of the world (80%) and cities generate more than 70% of its GDP. Answers to many of today's development challenges will need to be found in and with cities. GIMLA created its first working group in order to acknowledges the importance of cities as political and economic stakeholders in a world of power reconfigurations. We seek to collaborate with international alignments such as the C40, ICLEI, UCLG, and Cities Alliance and their strong concerns for the environment, climate change and sustainability. The aim of WISE is to foster innovative research and cross-sectoral exchanges on pressing urban issues in the Latin America and the Caribbean. One focus lies on the fast-growing interest smart cities generate in the region. A second focal point is the translation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) into urban planning practices and frameworks.