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
That’s a problem. For the Habitat III strategy to work, we need each city dweller to become an activist for change.
Debra Roberts December 12, 2016
Urban policy key to turning the corner from 50 years of civil war, policymakers and advocates say.
Maria Clara Valencia December 9, 2016
Even rich countries will struggle to monitor progress and inform policymaking. But momentum is picking up to fill this gap.
Brendon Bosworth November 30, 2016
Bolstered by the SDGs framework, cities must open themselves up to becoming laboratories for urban water-policy reform.
Michael Tiboris November 28, 2016
Where does the United Nations see mayors fitting into the new implementation discussion on climate and sustainable cities? An interview with David Nabarro, the secretary-general’s special adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Gregory Scruggs November 15, 2016
Mechanism seen as critical following Habitat III negotiations’ removal of proposed Multi-Stakeholder Panel on Sustainable Urbanization.
Brendon Bosworth October 19, 2016
The Habitat III strategy was meant to provide a roadmap for implementing recent global accords in cities. But analysis is mixed on how it stacks up.
Gregory Scruggs October 17, 2016
Release took place on eve of Habitat III summit, which many are expecting to provide a roadmap guiding work on the urban components of the new Sustainable Development Goals.
Brendon Bosworth October 17, 2016
The priority given to place and public space in the Habitat III strategy marks an important shift for the global development community. But the New Urban Agenda is still playing catch-up to how communities, practitioners are mobilizing on this issue.
Annah MacKenzie and Nathan Storring October 10, 2016
Sus defensores elogian la guía de la estrategia de Hábitat III sobre planes locales de acción climática, resiliencia, eficiencia energética, transporte sustentable y alimentación urbana, entre otros temas. Sin embargo, no ofrece la hoja de ruta.
Gregory Scruggs September 29, 2016
Advocates laud the Habitat III strategy’s guidance on local climate-action plans, resilience, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, urban food and more. But they worry it doesn’t offer the specific roadmap needed.
Gregory Scruggs September 29, 2016
A month before Habitat III, there’s no resolution on how to align monitoring of the New Urban Agenda and the ‘urban SDG’. In part that’s due to the complexities of using global frameworks to guide local development — and of measuring progress in cities.
Jacqueline M. Klopp and Danielle Petretta September 19, 2016
Lessons from the Netherlands in bringing local attention to a global cause.
Letty Reimerink September 2, 2016
September 1, 2016
Amidst debate over the future of UN-Habitat comes an idea — which observers call an 'open secret' — for a new entity that would oversee implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Gregory Scruggs August 18, 2016
Las estrategias urbanas exitosas han funcionado porque los gobiernos locales y la sociedad civil local pudieron entender el valor de aplicarlas.
David Satterthwaite and David Dodman August 1, 2016
Successful urban strategies have worked because local governments and local civil society could see the value of applying them.
David Satterthwaite and David Dodman August 1, 2016
Events saw many calls for ‘localizing’ the goals but weak reference to Habitat III — a missed opportunity to put local actors at the centre of the global debate on sustainable development, some said.
Kanya D’Almeida July 28, 2016
There will be no sustainable development without action by local authorities. Habitat III needs to discuss a new U.N. council or other body representing cities and regions.
Ulrich Graute July 25, 2016
The global community has made a lot of promises about the importance of clean, safe, accessible transport in our cities. Habitat III is the time to deliver.
Cornie Huizenga July 18, 2016
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