Cities and the SDGs

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.

After decades of trying concrete solutions, authorities are planting bamboo and mangroves and using other soft-path methods to make its waterways less of a menace.
Keith Schneider June 22, 2017
4 takeaways on urban philanthropy from a global gathering of foundations.
Christopher Swope June 20, 2017
A new vision for the future of sustainability.
Nearly a century old, the group holds no formal power but sets a regional agenda across 800 municipalities in three states.
Neal Peirce June 16, 2017
More of the city's people and buildings are reaching old age, a phenomenon planners are calling 'double ageing'.
Alok Gupta June 13, 2017
That means leaders need to prepare — especially regarding how the developing world deals with the triple challenge of rapid urbanization, social justice and environmental sustainability.
The Gates Foundation is only one part of the story. Many players have combined to create a pair of local economic clusters with global ambitions.
Gregory Scruggs June 9, 2017
“Widespread surveillance could lead to chilling effects on the behaviour of people in public spaces,” warns one advocate.
Brendon Bosworth June 8, 2017
CityTaps aims to overcome the forces that drive water utilities away from serving poor customers in developing cities.
Flavie Halais June 6, 2017
New partnership types can meaningfully engage the private sector in implementing global goals in cities.
Elizabeth Ryan and Michael Nolan June 5, 2017
Recommendations from a report by the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa.
David Hatch June 1, 2017
In a new book, the people behind a well-known Indian consultancy and think tank discuss what they've learned working in cities.
Patralekha Chatterjee May 29, 2017
“What we’re trying to do is normalize slum lanes,” said the head of the Addressing the Unaddressed.
Brendon Bosworth May 24, 2017
A common theme of a report on African economies is the importance of directing factories, businesses and investment to smaller, “secondary cities”.
David Hatch May 23, 2017
Among other things, these frameworks offer a tool to empower cities to implement global agreements.
Alyssa Fischer May 23, 2017
“Hardly any cities actually take risk into perspective,” said one expert.
Brendon Bosworth May 22, 2017
Painting images of the city of the future at the Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum in Vancouver.
Frances Bula May 19, 2017
It’s time for cities to use predictive modeling to save lives and property, author Robert Muir-Wood says.
Christopher Swope May 18, 2017
Planners must stop thinking of city growth and economic growth as separate issues, the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa says.
David Hatch May 18, 2017
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