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A Stand-alone Goal for Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements

After one and a half years, the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) concluded its Thirteenth and final session in New York on 19th July, 2014. The Group has proposed 17 SDGs and targets, including a stand-alone goal on Sustainable Cities & Human Settlements - Goal 11: Make Cities and Human Settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable - to be considered by the U.N. General Assembly in its upcoming 69th Session.
The #urbanSDG Campaign has worked tirelessly to give prominence to urban issues in the post-2015 process (see our Open Letter to the OWG Co-Chairs) and these efforts have paid off. Our first goal, of clearing the OWG, has been reached. This is a remarkable collective achievement for the urban community.

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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SUPPORTING PARTNERS

179 SUPPORTING LOCAL &
REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS

  • AAM-Associaçao-Amazoens-de-Municípios
  • AEMERJ
  • AFCCRE
  • 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
  • CCRE-CEMR
  • CEPROURDES
  • Comerio-Puerto-Rico
  • Confederaçao-Nacional-de-Municipios
  • Cuenca-canton
  • Diputación-Barcelona
  • Esneux-municipality
  • FAMEP-Federation-of-associations-of-the-State-of-Pará
  • FECAM
  • 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
  • UCLG-EURASIA
  • UCLG-MEWA
  • 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


A Stand-alone Goal for Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements
After one and a half years, the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) concluded its Thirteenth and final session in New York on 19th July, 2014. The Group has proposed 17 SDGs and targets, including a stand-alone goal on Sustainable Cities & Human Settlements - Goal 11: Make Cities and Human Settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable - to be considered by the U.N. General Assembly in its upcoming 69th Session.
The #urbanSDG Campaign has worked tirelessly to give prominence to urban issues in the post-2015 process (see our Open Letter to the OWG Co-Chairs) and these efforts have paid off. Our first goal, of clearing the OWG, has been reached. This is a remarkable collective achievement for the urban community.


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