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.
Mobilizing Cities Behind the SDGs
On September 22, 2014, with support from the UrbanSDG campaign, the SDSN held a meeting of mayors, ambassadors, leaders from the private sector and technical experts to discuss the goal on sustainable cities and human settlements proposed by the Open Working Group and how cities can mobilize around this agenda. Mayors from 10 major cities attended with keynotes delivered by Mayor Eduarado Paes of Rio de Janeiro, Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris, and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York. The event was covered in Scientific American and WNYC.
Behind the Push for the Urban SDG
A new article from Citiscope explains the crucial role of the UrbanSDG campaign in securing Open Working Group Goal 11 on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements.
Why Europe needs an UrbanSDG
The Council for European Municipalities and Regions publish a new paper