What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the centerpiece of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, were adopted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. This briefing sheet explains the formation of the SDGs and examines factors that can contribute to or limit their success.
Although they have been adopted by national governments, the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are fundamentally relevant to local and city level actors. This briefing sheet documents why cities and local governments are crucial for the successful implementation of the SDGs.
Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11) aims at making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030. By shifting focus from national states to urban areas, it launches a whole new era of international development - cities will be the heartbeat of this era.
The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize that global development issues, including poverty and hunger, will not be solved without leadership. A dedicated goal (SDG 11) focused on cities and human settlements, calls for the leadership of local governments, yet the role of local actors extends beyond achieving the SDG 11. This briefing sheet aims to describe the importance of cities and human settlements in attaining all 17 goals by 2030. It is divided into 17 separate briefs, providing the major cross-cutting links between sustainable development, urbanization and local governance.
The world has agreed to implement 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Due to the scope of the global urban transition, major successes or failures will hinge upon progress made on the urban goal (SDG 11), as well as on the ability of global actors to localize all 17 SDGs. This briefing sheet describes how a new governance regime and means of implementation can enable different stakeholders – from frontrunners to followers – to drive change.
The targets laid out by the SDGs will serve as a management tool to help national and sub-national governments develop implementation strategies and allocate resources accordingly. This briefing sheet examines the role that data and indicators will play in ensuring transparency and accountability in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and for monitoring progress towards the SDG targets at the sub-national level.
Linking with international processes
In 2016, the Habitat III conference will set a New Urban Agenda of the United Nations for the next 20 years. The goal is to shape regional and national urban agendas worldwide. This brief explains how four major processes and landmark events in 2015 addressing disaster risk reduction (Sendai Framework/ HFA2), financing for development (AAAA), global sustainable development goals (SDGs), and the new post-2020 climate regime (COP21) have set the scene and will shape this new global agenda for cities and local governments in the years to come.
Local Government Climate Roadmap - mission [almost] accomplished!
On the eve of the COP21 and what is hoped to be an ambitious and breakthrough global climate agreement, ICLEI takes a look back at 25 years of climate advocacy by local and subnational governments. In particular, the Local Government Climate Roadmap is concluding its eight year quest for the recognition, engagement, and empowerment of local and subnational governments as governmental stakeholders in the global climate regime.
between levels of government to effectively address climate changeVertical integration between different levels of government – from national to local – provides a platform for fruitful interaction, joint planning and coordination, all of which are essential to the mutual reinforcement of approaches for addressing climate change, sustainable energy planning, implementation and reporting..
Good practices in multi-level partnerships for scaling up climate action
To tackle climate change, all levels of government must work together. To enhance local and subnational climate action, the Friends of Cities at the UNFCCC strive to ensure the recognition of the important role of local and subnational governments as well as their engagement and empowerment in national and global processes on climate change.
Measurable, Reportable and Verifiable (MRV) action at the local level
is paramount for effective climate change mitigation and adaptation in order to avoid breaching tipping points of dangerous and irreversible anthropogenic changes to the global climate system. This brief explains what MRV entails and what its benefits are.
for local and subnational climate actionThrough ambitious and committed climate action, local and subnational governments have made a convincing case for a more significant role within international climate change dialogues, as well as for increased access to financing for low-carbon strategies. For this to happen, however, local and subnational governments need the legitimacy which comes with high quality, measurable, reportable, and verifiable data. This briefing sheet details protocols, GHG inventory tools, and reporting platforms which can provide this legitimacy, and multiply the scope of local and subnational government climate action.
Linking with finance to TAP the potential of local climate action
The Transformative Actions Program (TAP) is a collaborative initiative to improve access to existing capital flows for cities and regions, catalyzing and accelerating additional capital flows, and maximizing investment in low-carbon and climate resilient urban development and governance processes.
But what is happening and where?
Cities and regions have made it clear that they are ready to scale-up their climate action at and beyond the COP21 in Paris. And while a considerable amount of this activity is going to be focused around the Cities & Regions Pavilion in the Green Zone, the power of local action is going to influence an ambitious Paris Climate Package through advocacy efforts in the Blue Zone and throughout the City of Paris. This briefing sheet outlines what is happening and where.
Why are cities important for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? And why are the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development important for cities?
ICLEI Briefing Sheets: Urban Issues - No. 02 (more from the SDG series in the tab on the left)