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Building Civic Capital

"Civic capital refers to our cities’ shared assets — or resources —from which we collectively stand to derive most of our benefits, regardless of ownership.

Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities – Network (EPIC-N)

The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities - Network (EPIC-N) unites local governments, and communities, with the human capital of universities to improve the quality of life and social wealth for all involved. EPIC-N is the nonprofit association of institutions that adopt the award-winning EPIC model for university-community partnership.

The Organization

Towards Green, Inclusive and Attractive Cities

This publication includes some inspiring examples on how the European Reference Framework for Sustainable Communities (RFSC) is used by those who are committed to develop green, inclusive and attractive cities. In this selection of case studies which aim also at demonstrating the flexibility of the RFSC tool, you will learn how local governments and other actors from different countries are implementing integrated sustainable development strategies focusing specific issues (i.e.

The Localization of the Global Agendas (Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization)

In its fifth edition, the Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD V) on 'The Localization of the Global Agendas' examines in detail the assessments of the implementation of the global agendas in the 142 countries (representing 86% of the world’s population) that have presented at least one Voluntary National Review since 2016.

Report: Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity

Thriving cities make prosperous countries

This report, a collaborative effort of more than 50 organisations brought together by the Coalition for Urban Transitions, outlines the immense social and economic benefits of creating compact, connected and clean cities with net-zero emissions, and presents a clear six-part action plan for national governments around the world.

Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

From Sustainable Development Solutions Network:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change call for deep transformations in every country that require complementary actions by governments, civil society, science, and business. While significant progress is being made on some goals, no country is currently on track towards achieving all SDGs

2019 U.S. Cities Sustainable Development Report

New York, 8 July 2019 – Today, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s United States Network (SDSN USA) launched the 2019 US Cities Sustainable Development ReportSDSN’s third city-level report ranking 105 US cities on progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs). The results show that there will be significant work to do across the board if the SDGs are to be achieved by 2030, as cities on average scored only 48.9%.

new UCLG report: Towards the Localization of the SDGs

New report from UCLG: "Towards the Localization of the SDGs"

This Report explores the involvement of Local and Regional Governments in the localization of the SDGs. It delivers first-hand information from Local and Regional Governments in 80 different countries, including 24 of the 47 countries reporting in 2019. This Report is the third edition of an annual series, coinciding with the yearly meetings of the HLPF. It also presents an overview of policies and initiatives carried out by Local and Regional Governments to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

Cities can be Climate Champions

This short article from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is based on an interview with David Miller, former mayor of Toronto and now director of international diplomacy for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.  Here's an excerpt:

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Research by C40, a network of 94 global cities committed to addressing climate change, shows about 70 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions come from urban areas. 

It's predominantly from four sources: 

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