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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: 

First-Ever SDG Index and Dashboards Report for European Cities

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which co-produces the Global Sustainable Development Report (formerly SDG Index and Dashboards), in partnership with the Brabant Center for Sustainable Development (Telos, Tilburg University), released the first-ever SDG Index and Dashboards Report for European Cities.

The Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

Want to learn about community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and other aspects of community practice? Then help yourself to over 300 educational modules and other free tools.

Cities and Circular Economy for Food - Project & Case studies

The linear food system is ripe for disruption. For every dollar spent on food, society pays two dollars in health, environmental, and economic costs. With 80% of all food expected to be consumed in cities by 2050, businesses, public bodies, organisations, institutions, and the people located within them hold the power to revolutionise our food system.

The science we need for the cities we want: working together to implement the global research agenda on cities and climate change – Joint Statement

Endorsed in Edmonton, Canada on March 7 by:


C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Cities Alliance
Future Earth
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
SDSN – Sustainable Development Solutions Network
UCLG – United Cities and Local Governments
UCCRN – Urban Climate Change Research Network
UN-Environment – United Nations Environment Programme
UN-Habitat – United Nations Human Settlements Programme
WCRP – World Climate Research Programme

 

Click link to see the statement.

World Happiness Report 2018

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018, ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants.

The main focus of this year’s report, in addition to its usual ranking of the levels and changes in happiness around the world, is on migration within and between countries.

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