Cities and the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are a global framework to coordinate efforts around ending poverty and hunger, combating inequality and disease, and building a just and stable world. There are 17 goals in all, and all 193 nations represented at the U. N. agreed to them. One goal — Goal 11 — specifically aims to build cities that are “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” But one way or another, all of the SDGs intersect with work going on in cities.

The United Nations is not adequately adapting its operations and policy frameworks to the new urban reality of violence and conflict. But new tools do exist.
Deen Sharp and Gizem Sucuoglu March 20, 2017
Uncertainty over how the bond market will respond is 'a bit overrated' says Mexico City's environment minister.
Christopher Swope March 16, 2017
In the wake of riots and accusations of racial bias among law enforcement, a local initiative finds answers in the new global framework.
Carey L. Biron March 9, 2017
Data gaps. Capacity questions. A guide to the major issues cities are facing.
Brendon Bosworth March 7, 2017
The way to do so is by developing a robust indicator under the Sustainable Development Goals.
So far, SDGs monitoring relies solely on national-level statistics. But the push for more granular information will receive significant attention throughout this month.
Brendon Bosworth March 1, 2017
As displaced people increasingly head for cities, humanitarian actors have started providing shelter solutions for them alone. Here's why that won't work — and also what would.
Roger Guiu and Nadia Siddiqui February 27, 2017
The city is seeking to provide services in every public school and bolster “lay counselor” programmes, part of a USD 850 million effort to improve mental health.
Gregory Scruggs February 23, 2017
The first of an annual report rounds up transformative ideas from 57 countries.
David Hatch February 9, 2017
And its countries want to export their cities know-how abroad.
Gregory Scruggs February 7, 2017
In cities, business linked to the goals could spur economic activity worth more than USD 3.7 trillion annually — mostly in developing countries.
David Hatch February 3, 2017
After the first such office opened in September, the country plans to have eight operating by the end of this year — with more in the works.
Brendon Bosworth February 1, 2017
Vancouver singled out as model as U.N. releases new guidelines, but many others showing interest and innovation.
Gregory Scruggs January 30, 2017
Report lays out guidelines just as data has moved to top of international agenda.
David Hatch January 24, 2017
This German initiative is looking to cities.
Claudia Schwegmann January 23, 2017
To facilitate robust urban development, the data revolution will need to be accompanied by a capacity revolution, experts say.
Brendon Bosworth January 20, 2017
Five views on what the former Portuguese prime minister needs to focus on as he takes over as head of the United Nations.
Gregory Scruggs January 10, 2017
Through the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda, countries have committed to ending children’s unequal access to basic services. Yet delivering on this pledge will require a deep shift in how we plan and govern cities.
Samantha Cocco-Klein January 9, 2017
Two new courses, including a free online class open to anyone, take a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how to build better cities.
Carlin Carr January 6, 2017
Key will be moving beyond aspiration to focus on specific implementation mechanisms and road maps for action.
Teresa Ribera January 5, 2017
City leaders can use education to grow their economy and much more. But the 'urban SDG' has little to say on the issue.
Aaron Benavot December 19, 2016
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