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.
Aromar Revi Delivers Keynote Address to UN Habitat Governing Council
Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, delivered the keynote address at the 25th session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council. In Nairobi, Revi warned that the “world is deeply unprepared” to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – largely expected to be adopted by the UN General Assembly this September.
Onenyc: New York City Releases New Sustainable Development Plan
On 22nd April 2015, Earth Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio released New York city’s new sustainable development strategy OneNYC This strategy builds on past New York sustainability plans established under former Mayor Bloomberg (PlaNYC), but goes further weaving in a strong focus on equity and social justice.
SDSN Releases “Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development”
The discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has renewed interest in strengthening the quality and availability of statistics for management, program design and monitoring performance. The Financing for Development Summit in July 2015 presents a crucial opportunity to make the case for increased investments in development data, but to do so the statistical community need agree upon a robust estimate of resource needs.
IHS to host open Workshop on Sustainable Development Goal May 20th
The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam will host a meeting of Urban Academics, Experts and Practitioners on May 20th. The meeting aims to gather academics and practitioners on urban matters from across Europe to discuss the old and new challenges for urban capacity development in the context of sustainable global development.