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
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
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
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