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
A 'first date' for two groups that share much in common when it comes to building resilient cities.
Christopher Swope May 12, 2017
“World Urban Forum 9 will be the place to craft this whole reporting process,” said one advocate.
Gregory Scruggs May 11, 2017
Eights trends binding together the Sustainable Development Goals, New Urban Agenda and Paris climate agreement — and pointing toward a future of sustainable cities.
Aromar Revi May 1, 2017
‘There are quite a few initiatives that have promise, but I don’t think we have crossed the threshold of momentum,’ said one analyst.
Gregory Scruggs April 28, 2017
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
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