In their recent progress report, the co-chairs of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals have identified "Sustainable cities and human settlements" as one of the focus areas that will be central in addressing socio-economic and environmental challenges and in building resilient societies. In their dialogue with governments, Habitat Agenda Partners can help ensure that this topic remains high on the agenda as UN member states finalize the Post-2015 sustainable development framework.
In the quest for sustainable development, a focus on cities is unique because it brings space and place as well as the subsidiarity of local government to the fore. Cities constitute the arena where action is concretized. As engines of growth they are transformative; they concentrate the institutions and infrastructure required to bring about change. As hubs of peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing they are integrative; their championing of innovative approaches strengthens institutions and builds capacities. As homes for a majority of the world’s people, they are universal -- there are significant sustainable urban development challenges in all major regions of the world.
Wednesday April 9 | 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Grand Salon Room 1
Managing Director/ Communicator
Mark Eddo Media
Director of Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Executive Project Coordinator, Communitas Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions in the New UN Development Agenda
State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Earth Institute, Columbia University
Co-Chair, Thematic Group on Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN)
United States of America
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