This topic focuses on frameworks, tools, methods, and indicators to implement, assess, monitor, and improve sustainable community planning and development.  

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Topic Events

UN Summer Academy 2017: Localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development is pleased to invite you to the UN Summer Academy 2017 titled Localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development happening from 21 to 25 August 2017 in Bonn, Germany. This 5-day engaging programme fosters rich interaction on issues relevant to the work of the UN and its partners in the context off the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement through panel discussions, workshops, excursions and practical clinics such as Share Fair and Application Labs (App Labs).

Aug 21 to 25 2017, 9:00am - 6:00pm
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ICLEI World Congress 2018

ICLEI World Congress 2018 will be hosted by the City of Montreal, Canada.

Held every three years, the ICLEI World Congress assembles hundreds of local and regional governments, international agencies, national governments, donors and other partners from around the world. Together they set the course for globalizing urban sustainability. During the congress, cities, towns and regions connect with peers, foster partnerships and exchange information and experiences. This event is a key milestone in driving stronger collective local action.

Jun 19 to 23 2018, 9:00am - 6:00pm
QC, Montreal, H2Y 1C6, City of Montreal

ECOCITY World Summit

ECOCITY World Summit

Melbourne, Australia

The Ecocity Summit series, held every two years since 1990, has developed into one of the most globally significant forums for addressing the complex challenges facing humanity in a rapidly urbanizing world.

Jul 12 to 14 2017, 9:00am - 6:00pm
VIC, South Wharf, 3006, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Topic Resources

Tracking the SDGs in Canadian Cities: SDG 1

"In 2011, 81 per cent of Canadians lived in urban centres (Statistics Canada, 2011). Cities are the epicentres of arts and culture as well as hubs for business and economic growth, and as such they are important stakeholders in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To ensure that cities are on track to contribute to these goals, assessments of indicators aligned with the SDG framework are necessary to identify what is working and where more attention should be devoted. IISD’s SGD Indicator Portal tracks SDG progress in 13 cities across Canada.

Open Source Sustainability

"When a company, community or citizen wants to act to cut their footprint, reduce their carbon emissions or enhance their responsibility, they ask, “What can I do?” Until now, the sustainability community has answered, “Hire me.”

Sustainability is too important to leave to consultants making money by protecting proprietary information. The knowledge and tools needed to implement genuine sustainability should be available to everyone.

WHO AND WHAT GETS LEFT BEHIND? ASSESSING CANADA’S DOMESTIC STATUS ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

"This [Brookings Institution Working Paper 108, October 2017] paper presents a framework for assessing Canada’s status on the SDGs. It aims to adhere as much as practical to the formal U.N. targets, indicators, and database, while also drawing extensively from other sources, especially for sub-national assessments.