Measuring SDG implementation by cities and regional administrations

CSEND statement by R. Saner, L. Yiu and A. Ajith  on the importance of measuring sustainability of cities.

In view of challenges that countries and citizens face when attempting to create sustainable smart cities, it is of paramount importance to take into consideration how the 2030 agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals can help support the creation of sustainable smart cities. Good governance and innovation policy can help cities and countries achieve the goal of creating smart cities and sustainable human development. One of the ways to help countries and cities achieve sustainable development is the ability to measure whether sustainability has been achieved and if not, what can be undertaken to re-align policy and implementation with the 2030 agenda. The CSEND statement provides a comparative analysis of SDG implementation of cities based on the Voluntary Local Reviews (VLR) presented by cities during the HLPF 2019 in New York.

The statement was part of the documentation UNECE’Twelfth session of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies, Geneva,  5 - 6 December 2019   

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