SDGs are happening, in cities and regions near you - #GetInspired!

To ensure transformation of the Urban World towards sustainability:

  • Leave no one behind, and let everyone be inspired by pioneers, particularly those advancing Agenda 21 since 1992
  • Mainstream the ambitions of today to become the norms of tomorrow in every community and jurisdiction!
  • Use the SDGs as the floor, not the ceiling!

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability welcomes the Outcome Document as an achievement and commends all advocacy partners for their extensive collaboration in ensuring that voices, concerns, visions and proposals of local and subnational governments – as governmental stakeholders of the local, subnational, national, regional, and global processes – are reflected to the extent that has been possible.

ICLEI supports the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as an important effort to ensure prosperity and equality for every citizen while respecting planetary boundaries.

For those that have not been fully engaged in sustainability in the past, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitutes an excellent starting point, ensuring that no one is left behind.

However, at ICLEI, we know that ambitious local and subnational governments have for years been working on urban sustainability initiatives, thanks to the spirit, vision and experience through "Local Agenda 21" enshrined in the Chapter 28 of the Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in 1992.

Thus, ICLEI particularly applauds the adoption of Goal:11 "Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable - UrbanSDG" as one of the most powerful mechanisms to transform our Urban World to sustainability by 2030.

ICLEI further notes that in order to ensure full transformation, the Outcome Document and SDGs should be the floor, not the ceiling and all actors should be inspired by transformative actions and potential of ambitious local and subnational governments worldwide.

Download ICLEI's Position Paper on the Sustainable Development Summit 2015 and the Outcome Document

- Annex-I: Mayors' Guide

- Annex-II: ICLEI and SDGs,

- Annex-III: Local Authorities Major Group March 2015 Position Paper SDG Indicator and Data Source Tables

- Annex-IV: #GetInspired - List of Inspiring Examples of ICLEI Members on SDGs

- Annex-V: ICLEI Visualization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Agenda

Photo Coverage of ICLEIs Agenda at UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015


Thursday 24 September

09:00 First Anniversary of Compact of Mayors - Photos

15.00 – 17.30: Youth and Mayors Forum, organized by ICLEI, UN Children and Youth Major Group, and The New School. Location: The New School, Starr Foundation Hall. 

19.00 – 21.00: Cities Driving Sustainable Development – Endorsing the SDGs & Committing to their Implementation. ICLEI supported through the Global Task Force and Urban SDG Campaign. Location: The New School, Tishman Auditorium. Webcast

"A Declaration of Cities' Commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda"

Friday 25 September

Adoption of SDGs - video coverage from the UN General Assembly by ICLEI

From MDGs to SDGs - lessons From Brazil - Marcio Lacerda, Mayor of Belo Horitonte - (Webcast) 

Saturday 26 September

10.00 – 13.00: Call for Joint Action - Ministerial and Stakeholders Event led by UNEP. ICLEI is acting as a partner. ICLEI interventions by Mayor Troy Pickard of Joondalup, Australia, Member of ICLEI Global Executive Committee and Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin Webcast

Declaration: A Call for Joint Action to Achieve the SDGs

Sunday 27 September

08.15 – 17.30: Global Task Force Meetings, including a joint session with Cities Alliance and a special meeting of UNACLA. GTF Declaration

08:00 - 13:00: Implementing SDG 7 - The Role of Partnerships in Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable, and Modern Energy for All. Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, Canada is one of the panelist in session-3. ENB Coverage and webcast

08:00 - 09:30: Mobilizing Climate Finance for Sustainable Cities. Organized by Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD). Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Mayor of Tshwane, S. Africa as one of the panelist. Webcast

 

Monday 28 September

08.30 – 13.00: Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Making the Transformation Happen. By Communitas Coalition (UrbanSDG Campaign, GTF, German Government, Cities Alliance, UNSDSN, and ICLEI as a supporting organization), including Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General, Jeb Brugman, The Next Practice and Pam O´Connor, Deputy Mayor of Santa Monica, and Member of ICLEI North America Regional Executive Committee as speakers . Videos: Part-1 and Part-2

For a full and detailed overview of ICLEI's agenda in New York, please click here.

Additional Resources

UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015 Official 

Global Task Force 

UrbanSDG Campaign

Communitas Coalition

World Urban Campaign

Calendar of Events

UN NGLS

Stakeholder Forum/CIVICUS

ClimateWeekNYC2015

Social media: #Action2015, #GetInspired, #CJA2015, #UrbanSDG, #Localising #CWNYC

 
 
 

 

Goal 11 - UrbanSDG is happening - #GetInspired!

ICLEI supports the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as an important effort to ensure prosperity and equality for every citizen while respecting planetary boundaries.

For those that have not been fully engaged in sustainability in the past, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitutes an excellent starting point, ensuring that no one is left behind.

However, at ICLEI we know that ambitious local and subnational governments have for years been working on urban sustainability initiatives, thanks to the spirit, vision and experience through "Local Agenda 21" enshrined in the Chapter 28 of the Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in 1992.

Goal 11 – “Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable - UrbanSDG” – is one of the strongest of all SDGs. SDG 11 provides a huge opportunity to ensure a true transformation, given that the implementation of the SDGs by 2030 will take place in the kind of urban world that humanity has never experienced before.

For our cities to become sustainable both in the Global North and in the Global South, we need the pioneering work of these cities today to become the norm of tomorrow.

Below are two examples of local action, one from the Global North and the other from the Global South, demonstrating how each of the 10 targets under the UrbanSDG can be achieved. Full list

Hundreds of other examples are available at ICLEI Publications (including ICLEI Case Studies and City Posters), our CityTalk blog, and presentations from the ICLEI World Congress 2015.

 

 
 
 

 

Sustainable Development Goals are happening  - #GetInspired!

ICLEI supports the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as an important effort to ensure prosperity and equality for every citizen while respecting planetary boundaries.

For those that have not been fully engaged in sustainability in the past, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitutes an excellent starting point, ensuring that no one is left behind.

However, at ICLEI we know that ambitious local and subnational governments have for years been working on urban sustainability initiatives, thanks to the spirit, vision and experience through "Local Agenda 21" enshrined in the Chapter 28 of the Agenda 21 adopted at the Earth Summit in 1992.

Below are two inspiring examples of local action, one from the Global North and the other from the Global South, aligned with each SDG. Full list.

Hundreds of other examples are available at ICLEI Publications (including ICLEI Case Studies and City Posters), our CityTalk blog, and presentations from the ICLEI World Congress 2015.

 

 

SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Edmonton, Canada: the role of cities in ending povertyTshwane, South Africa: Poverty reduction and community development conference
Photo courtesy of Kurt Bauschardt via Flickr. Photo courtesy of Zakysant via Flickr.

SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Santa Monica, USA: Define, measure and actively improve wellbeingThimphu, Bhutan: Toward a new development paradigm
  Photo courtesy of Michael Reevevia Flickr.

SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Helsinborg, Sweden: Environmental education and participation for local sustainable developmentBeijing, China: An experienced learning city
in a new phase of development
Photo (c) Ingemar Nyman, City of Helsinborg Photo courtesy of Fang Chenvia Flickr.

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Växjö, Sweden: Women leaders transforming citiesRosario, Argentina: Gender inclusive cities program
Photo courtesy of Peppigue via Flickr. Photo courtesy of Maximiliano Kolusvia Flickr.

SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Melbourne, Australia: Total watermark program invests in stormwater harvestingNashik, India: Demonstrating the Urban NEXUS approach to optimize water, energy and land resources in peri-urban agriculture
Photo courtesy of Tim Serongvia Flickr. Photo courtesy of Ashurockstarboy via Flickr.

SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Vancouver, Canada: 100% Renewable Energy TargetBalikpapan, Indonesia: Multi-faceted stakeholder approaches for a low-carbon city
Photo courtesy of Colby Stopa via Flickr. Photo (c) Balikpapan City Council

SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Bristol, UK: UK's first city-wide local currencyEhlanzeni, South Africa: The Integrated Water Harvesting Project for food security and income generation
  Photo (c) AWF, 2009

SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Tokyo, Japan: Urban Cap-and-Trade Programme and Reducing emissions through green building Dezhou, China: Green economic development with renewable energy industries
Photo (c) Tokyo Metropolitan Government Photo (c) Mr. Zhou Xianxin, 2011

SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries 

Paris, France: Working for equality Bogotá, Colombia: Bogotá Humana
Photo courtesy of Rolldi via Flickr. Photo courtesy of Pedro Felipe via Flickr.

SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

New York City, USA: #ONENYC for a strong and just city Mexico City, Mexico: Plan Verde
Photo courtesy of William Warbyvia Flickr. Photo courtesy of Haakon S. Krohn via Flickr.

SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Helsinki, Finland: The Global Lead Cities Network on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Cape Town, South Africa:
The Global Lead Cities Network on SPP
Photo courtesy of Thermos via Flickr. Photo courtesy of SkyPixels via Flickr.

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Seoul, Republic of Korea: The Promise of SeouleThekwini (Durban), South Africa: Integrating urban biodiversity into ecosystem-based adaptation
Photo courtesy of Sam-son via Flickr. Photo courtesy of Bgabelt via Flickr.

SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Rotterdam, Netherlands: the Delta Cities networkSriracha, Thailand: Balancing development and conservation with integrated coastal management
Photo courtesy of Quistnix via Flickr. Photo courtesy of Lokomotive74 via Flickr.

SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Joondalup, Australia: Protecting the Nature of Western AustraliaWalvis Bay, Namibia: Pioneer in Local Action for Biodiversity Programme and URBIS
Photo courtesy of Outrune via Flickr. Photo courtesy of Mpaskevi via Flickr.

SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Freiburg, Germany: Inclusive Vauban Ecodistrict - collective learning while planning São Paulo, Brazil: promoting Open Government action
Photo courtesy of Arroww via Flickr. Photo courtesy of Davi Sanchez via Flickr.

SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Kitakyushu, Japan: International environmental leadership creating a sustainable AsiaShimla, India: Addressing future climate change
by building institutional capacity
Photo courtesy of Ian Ruxtonvia Flickr. Photo (c) ICLEI
 
 
 
 
 
 
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