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.
World Cities Summit Mayors Forum write to OWG in support of Urban SDG
Over 112 Mayors and senior local government leaders have written to the Open Working Group co-chairs expressing their support for a standalone Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) focused on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements, in advance of the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum taking place on 13-15 June, 2014.
Why Europe needs an UrbanSDG
The Council for European Municipalities and Regions publish a new paper
Why We Need an Urban Sustainable Development GoalThomas Elmqvist discusses the importance of a goal on sustainable urbanization for unlocking the potential of local governments to be deeply involved in and lead the sustainable development agenda.