SDGs: actors and implementation conference

20 September 2017
UN-Habitat participated in the International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation, organized in Barcelona on the 18th and 19th September 2017 and convened by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi). The conference was an opportunity to bring practitioners, thinkers and actors from various sectors together and create dialogue on how to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to which member states committed in 2015.

During Session 1: Local governments, Urban Cities, Dan Lewis from UN-Habitat highlighted that local government must play a key role in the achievement of SDGs and that much work needs to be done to build the strong partnership required to connect the city, regional, national and global levels across disciplines and professions. He further highlighted that engagement from all actors and stakeholders is the first step and welcomed GUNi's initiative to hold the Conference.

According to fellow panelist, Mohsen Aboulnaga (professor of Sustainable built Environment, Cairo university), the best way to prepare local governments for success is to show them the potential results that can be achieved, build on comparative action, highlight the benefits, and promote good practice and success stories from all contexts.

Panelists also reinforced the importance of the New Urban Agenda for the 21st Century, approved during the Habitat III Conference. In line with other global development frameworks like the SDGs, the New Urban Agenda provides a clear framework for cities to develop and harness the positive aspects of urbanization towards sustainable development.

Full report from the session available: