How cities can drive the Sustainable Development Goals

  • 2015-10-22
  • Green Biz

To create a framework for sustainable development beyond 2015, the United Nations recently announced a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

Broader in scope than a preceding set of Millennium Development Goals, the new goals identify a long list of targets that address the role of cities in human well-being.

Indeed, for the first time, the SDGs address urban planning as a method for sustainable development. More specifically, the new list uses Goal 11 to "make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable."

This includes a new focus on participatory and integrated planning processes for cities, inclusive green and public spaces, climate change resilience and resource efficiency.

However, cities are already showing leadership in their dedication to sustainability and improving the quality of life for their citizens, and are going above and beyond the U.N.’s former standards.