RIO+ Centre’s Newest Study on Localizing the SDGs

By Brenda Hada and Rosaly Byrd 

As a part of its work on sustainable cities and localizing the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the RIO+ Centre has mapped out the various tools and resources supporting sustainable urban development around the world. Planning Tools for Urban Sustainability examines the growing range of tools and initiatives developed by cities, city coalitions, think tanks, universities, NGOs, multilaterals and the private sector, to learn of the different approaches and how they guide urban development.

Although far from an exhaustive review of such resources, the study explores over 50 tools used around the world that aim to support integrated sustainable development planning at the municipal level. It highlights some of the types of approaches and tools that exist, from urban measurement indices, certifications and forecasting tools, to participatory planning guides and accountability tools. In order to identify gaps and inform policy and practice related to sustainable urban development, a thorough understanding is needed of the approaches and tools that currently exist. By assessing these tools, Planning Tools for Urban Sustainability examines what can be learned in terms of methodologies for urban sustainable development planning and to what degree they help to connect government and stakeholder groups.

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Official Launch  at the Local Leaders Summit

17 July 2017, Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde -- The RIO+ Centre released Planning Tools for Urban Sustainability at a joint meeting of local leaders and mayors of Cape Verdean municipalities. Promoted by the National Association of Cape Verdean Municipalities, the Local Development Unit and with the support of UNDP Cape Verde, the high-level meeting was themed on "localizing the SDGs" to strengthen local, regional and national cooperation towards common vision and initiatives, especially prior the IV World Forum of Local Economic Development (WFLED) to be placed in Praia City, Cape Verde, from 17 to 20 October 2017.

The newest RIO+ publication was launched during the Panel "Challenge of Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals" by Romulo Paes de Sousa (Director of the UNDP RIO+ Centre). The session had also Gualberto do Rosário (Former Prime Minister of Cape Verde) as moderator, Carla Canal (Barcelona Provincial Council), Helena Guerreiro (Portuguese Cooperation) and Cristino Pedraza (Senior Technical Counselor of the Local Platforms 2030 Goals Programme) as speakers.

RIO+ participation at the gathering was set to estimulate and promote policies and practices in line with the Global Goals and its targets as well as to support the leverage of the african experience and perspective on sustainable development with a implementation of the 2063 Agenda cohesive with the 2030 Agenda.

With synergies in the debate, RIO+ conveyed the need to more integrated planning on urban agendas when comparing and monitoring several tools & methodologies for sustainable urban development, meanwhile the representatives of Cape Verde established a LED approach as a comprehensive framework to localize the Sustainable Development Goals.

Photo: At the Local Leaders Summit of Cape Verde, Panel III "Challenge of Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals", in Ilha do Sal, 2017. Photo by UNDP Cape Verde.