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 Human Cities Coalition, comprised of Dutch companies as well as NGOs, governments and academia, seeks to create “not ‘smart’, not ‘resilient’, but ‘human’ cities”.
Selma Zijlstra April 27, 2017
Pool of 1,000 proposals sought to tackle issues around sustainable infrastructure, services delivery and inequality.
David Hatch April 25, 2017
Observatory will seek to recalibrate balance between climate activism and public health.
Gregory Scruggs April 20, 2017
Most are doing well on a few targets, but worrying gaps are emerging. And some cities are in danger of backsliding.
Paula Lucci April 19, 2017
U.N. secretary-general tasks 8-member body with offering key assessment of UN-Habitat by June.
Gregory Scruggs April 13, 2017
An interview with the World Economic Forum’s urban point person, Alice Charles.
Gregory Scruggs April 7, 2017
Yes, say experts. A working group meeting this month hopes to offer first-ever guidance in the next few years.
Brendon Bosworth April 5, 2017
Move condemns the destruction of historic cities by terrorist groups in the Middle East, stating that such actions can constitute war crimes.
Gregory Scruggs March 30, 2017
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
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