SDG 11: The ‘Urban Sustainable Development Goal’

Among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals all nations at the U. N. have agreed to is one goal specifically related to cities. SDG 11 — also known as the “Urban SDG” — calls on nations to build cities that are “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”

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
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
Data gaps. Capacity questions. A guide to the major issues cities are facing.
Brendon Bosworth March 7, 2017
This German initiative is looking to cities.
Claudia Schwegmann January 23, 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
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
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
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
As the Habitat III negotiations begin to wind up, discussion builds on how to monitor progress on the new vision in coming decades.
Simone d'Antonio August 17, 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
La versión actualizada de la estrategia de Hábitat III resulta aún difusa en cuanto a los procesos de seguimiento y revisión.
Eleni Dellas July 11, 2016
The revised version of the Habitat III strategy is still vague on follow-up and review.
Eleni Dellas July 11, 2016
Local authorities are key players in a worldwide effort to shape development for the next 15 years. Here's how they are translating high-level global policy into action on the ground.
Carey L. Biron July 7, 2016
High-level plan would see 2018 focus on ‘Making cities sustainable and building productive capacities’ in move that could be boost for Habitat III conference.
Gregory Scruggs May 31, 2016
With the release of the draft New Urban Agenda in sight, diplomats at the highest levels are starting to link the Habitat III process and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Gregory Scruggs May 4, 2016
An intergovernmental panel voted not to do an immediate report on urban areas but rather to incorporate new emphasis on cities in all of its coming assessments.
Carey L. Biron April 20, 2016
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