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.
This report outlines methods by which the rapid change of direction and scale up of funds required for improved planetary health and the delivery of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals could be achieved.
Financing Transformational Change for Planetary Health
The Rockefeller Bellagio Center and the Ecological Sequestration Trust are hosting a High Level meeting on ‘Financing Transformational Change for Planetary Health’ On 25 – 27 February 2015, UrbanSDG campaign members, innovative financiers, public private finance experts and regional governors will be meeting at the prestigious Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy.
Call for Papers for UPPD 2015, Singapore
A call for papers has been issued for the 2015 Annual International Conference on Urban Planning and Property Development (UPPD) to be held in Singapore this coming October.
TRB releases Issue on Energy, Climate Change and Alternative Fuels
The US Transportation Research Board has recently released an issue on Energy, Climate Change and Alternative Fuels. The Transportation Research Record includes 13 articles on topics ranging from gasoline consumption in megacities, to China’s travel demand and its impact on a national carbon policy, to Oregon’s 2050 Vision for GHG Emission Reduction.