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Global Agendas

…and their relevance to cities and communities

Global agendas are important orientations on a global level. However, the key to success is reaching and implementing these goals on the ground. This puts cities and local actors in the spotlight. 

Imagine you are a municipal official and your goal is to align activities in your city with global agendas. Where to start? You want to ensure a cost-effective and coherent way to identify, plan and implement related action. So, before you commit time and resources, and mobilise political backing, you need to understand what the agendas are about.

City WORKS takes five agendas into account which help to make cities more resilient and livable: 

  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The agenda is structured into 17 goals – the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, 169 targets and 232 indicators. Its successful implementation depends to a large extent – by 65 percent – on action by and with cities and local governments.
  • The Paris Climate Agreement is an international treaty that seeks to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of global CO2emissions. Yet, they simultaneously offer a huge potential for climate change mitigation. That’s why cities play a crucial role in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • The Sendai Framework aims at substantially reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries. As cities are often particularly affected by climate change risks and other external shocks, they also need to be actively engaged and addressed when implementing disaster risk management and adaptation measures.
  • The third international conference on Financing for Development resulted in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. It defines a comprehensive set of measures for sustainably financing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and thus also serves as a central framework for national governments in order to create an enabling environment for local development measures.
  • The New Urban Agenda offers a roadmap for sustainable urban development in our cities over the next 20 years.Even though it is not legally binding, it provides an important framework for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement in cities and human settlements.