The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by UN member states in 2000 have successfully focused world attention and action on ending extreme poverty in all its forms. The fifteen-year MDG period will be completed at the end of 2015. Participants at the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012 resolved to finish the job of ending extreme poverty and hunger as a matter of urgency, and to place poverty reduction in the broader context of sustainable development.
Well-crafted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2015 to 2030 will help guide the public’s understanding of complex sustainable development challenges, inspire public and private action, promote integrated thinking, and foster accountability.
Urbanization will be the defining trend over the next several decades. Today, 50% of the world’s 7 billion people live in cities, and, by 2050, this will rise to 70%. Cities are home to extreme deprivation and environmental degradation with one billion people living in slums. At the same time, roughly 75% of global economic activity is urban, and as the urban population grows, so will the urban share of global GDP and investments.
The Campaign for an Urban SDG has been launched because the dynamism of cities represents a major sustainable development opportunity and we believe that a dedicated and stand-alone urban SDG is essential to mobilize stakeholders, promoted integrated, city-level approaches, and accelerate progress towards sustainable development, including the end of extreme poverty.
German Government Proposes Urban SDG
The German government released its key positions on the post-2015 development agenda. The document proposes 13 sustainable development goals, including one to “ensure that urbanization is sustainable.” (March 4, 2014)
Communitas Coalition Releases First Draft Targets for Urban SDG
The Communitas Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions released 14 draft targets for an SDG on Urbanization and Human Settlements. The targets fall under five “cluster” areas: fundamental urban patterns, urban life of dignity for all, governance and accountability, enabling policies, and territorial dimension of other SDG areas. (February 24, 2014)
Aromar Revi Presents on Urban SDG to OWG7
On January 7, Aromar Revi presented on “Why the World Needs an Urban SDG?” to the 7th session of the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, and responded to questions from UN member states.