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Mobilizing Cities behind the SDGs - The Mayors' Meet

Campaign for an Urban Sustainable Development Goal

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.

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  • AAM-Associaçao-Amazoens-de-Municípios
  • Alanya-municipality
  • Almere-municipality
  • AMBF
  • AME
  • AMERIOS-Associaçao-de-Municípios-de-Entre-Rios
  • Asociación-de-Alcaldes-de-Puerto-Ric
  • Association-Districts-of-Victoria-Seychelles
  • Association-Flemish-Local-Authories
  • Beirut-municipality
  • Beit-Laha-municipality
  • Bergkamen-municipality
  • Bilbao-municipality
  • Bishkek-municipality
  • Boca-do-Arce-municipality
  • Bonn-municipality
  • Bordeaux-municipality
  • Comerio-Puerto-Rico
  • Confederaçao-Nacional-de-Municipios
  • Cuenca-canton
  • Diputación-Barcelona
  • Esneux-municipality
  • FAMEP-Federation-of-associations-of-the-State-of-Pará
  • Gaspar-municipality
  • GAZA-municipality
  • Ibarra-municipality
  • Istanbul-metropolitan
  • Kazan-municipality
  • Khanty-Mansiysk-municipality
  • Krasnoyarksk-municipality
  • La-Louviere-municipality
  • Latvian-Association-Local&Reg-Govs
  • Local-Government-Association-Zambia
  • National-Association-Local-Authories-Georgia
  • Nevsehir-municipality
  • Nicosia-municipality
  • Ouro-Preto-municipality
  • Palmitos-municipality
  • Praia-municipality
  • Quito-metropolitan-district
  • Rabat-municipality
  • Red-Mujeres-Munícipes-del-Paraguay
  • REFELA-Network
  • Région-Île-de-France
  • San-Ignacio-Guasú-municipality
  • Sao-Jose-Alegre-municipality
  • Sultangazi,-Istanbul
  • Terrassa-municipality
  • Uganda-Local-Governments-Association
  • Ugledar-Municipality
  • Ul’Yanovsk-municipality
  • Ulan-Ude-municipality
  • Ulyanovsk
  • Union-des-Villes-et-Commude-Wallonie
  • Union-of-Municipalities-of-Gaza
  • UNTREF–Universidad-nacional-de-Tres-de-Febrero
  • Victoria-municipality
  • VNG-International
  • Yakutsk-municipality
  • Zababdeh-municipality


World Cities Summit Mayors Forum

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. 
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Why Europe needs an UrbanSDG
The Council for European Municipalities and Regions publish a new paper
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11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals
Richard Florida of The Atlantic reports on the 7th World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia, where more then 20,000 city leaders, urbanists, and planners from more than 160 countries met to discuss the future of cities across the globe.
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The Nature of Cities
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.
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