Two Year Anniversary of the SDGs: are we on track?

Two Year Anniversary of the SDGs: are we on track?

On 25 September 2015, world leaders agreed to a definitive plan for the planet and the people on it by adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 193 governments signed up to participate and if they stick to the plan it will deliver considerable results. End poverty. Fight inequalities. Tackle climate change. Leave no one behind. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
 
On the 2nd anniversary of the SDGs, Urban Thinkers will reflect on the urban dimension of the SDGs and join the Global Day for Action. Are we on track? Are world leaders sticking to the pledge? Are stakeholders engaged and starting to deliver their commitments? For the SDG goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector and civil society actors. Necessary participation has been a key message of the WUC Partners of UN-Habitat around urban related goals, specifically goal 11 on cities and human settlements.
What progress have they made in the last two years? First, WUC Partners and their initiative, the General Assembly of Partners, have been able to advocate for crucial commitments at Habitat III in order to make the New Urban Agenda a tangible reality for the people. Secondly, they have started to implement their mission by continuing to rally stakeholders on urban issues in order to apply this New Urban Agenda and the urban dimension of the SDGs through issue-based catalytic alliances between public, private and civil society actors. In 2017, the WUC has coordinated a series of 72 Urban Thinkers Campuses (UTCs) (14 in Europe, 14 in Africa, 22 in Latin America, 5 in North America, 14 in Asia-Pacific, 3 in the Arab States) engaging more than 10,000 people through action–oriented coalitions. The purpose of these partner coalitions is to deliver action plans and commitments that implement ideas and strategies of the New Urban Agenda. Main issues addressed in 2017 include governance and partnerships, planning and design, environment, land, housing and services, technology and education. A full analysis of delivered actions and commitments will be available by the end of December 2017.
 
Together WUC partners and their constituencies have started to turn the plan into action and promises into reality. In that process, they ensured that every voice counted by engaging all WUC constituent groups: Local and Subnational Authorities, Research and Academia, Civil Society Organizations, Grassroots Organizations, Women, Parliamentarians, Children and Youth, Business and Industries, Foundations and Philanthropies, Professionals, Trade Unions and Workers, Farmers, Indigenous people, Older Persons, People with Disabilities and the Media.
 
25 September: Global Day of Action
Join the Global Day of Action at #ACT4SDGS and tell leaders how you are doing on Sustainable Development, particularly on Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. 

Article by World Urban Campaign