Sustainable Development Goals and Cities: An International Perspective

Paula Lucci, Sergio Tobon, Ian Townsend and Kate Martin Bruintjes

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Almost 200 countries signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals, which emerged from the largest ever UN consultation. Dubbed ‘the closest thing the world has to a strategy’, the goals cover 17 areas where major progress is needed by 2030, including climate change, tackling inequalities and decent jobs, and protecting life on land and below water. They also highlight the systemic links between these challenges. Cities will be critical to achieving the goals, as will be a strong collaborative approach. Paula Lucci (Overseas Development Institute), Sergio Tobon (Sustainable Antioquia, Colombia) and Ian Townsend (Bristol Green Capital Partnership) explore: how the goals are being implemented by cities across the world; how they can be linked with existing strategies and structures; and how cities at different levels of development are addressing shared challenges. Chaired by Kate Bruintjes (DNV GL).

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