Cities and the SDGs: Can Local Action Help Solve Global Challenges?

Susan Parnell, Erin Bromaghim, Kirsty Green Mann, Alexandra Hiniker and Tony Pipa

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are often referred to as ‘the closest thing the world has to a strategy’. The 17 Global Goals, agreed at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, set out 169 targets to be achieved by the year 2030. These targets cover a wide range of issues, such as poverty, economic inequality, gender equality, education, health, infrastructure, energy, climate change, biodiversity, governance and more. Cities are increasingly seen as pivotal arenas for tackling these global challenges through local action, and they are well-placed to deliver on some of these, but can they deliver on them all? Can cities save the world? What are the opportunities and limits of city-scale action to drive global sustainability?

Our panel – chaired by Susan Parnell (Professor of Human Geography, University of Bristol) – brings together Erin Bromaghim (Hilton Fellow on the Global Goals and Director of Olympic and Paralympic Development, City of Los Angeles), Kirsty Green Mann (Head of Corporate Responsibility, Burges Salmon), Alexandra Hiniker (Program Director, Global Vision, Urban Action, NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs) and Tony Pipa (Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution).

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