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Getting Started with the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Stakeholders

This guide provides a first and preliminary attempt to explain how countries, regions, cities, or sectors might start the process of operationalizing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. As underscored, creative problem solving and intensive discussions among key stakeholders are required at local, national, regional, and global levels to make the SDGs a reality by 2030. 

Press Release – COP21. ICLEI Welcomes the Landmark Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015

[PARIS, 12 December 2015] The unanimously approved Paris Agreement strives to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, with the intent to pursue a 1.5-degree target. Through this Agreement, local and subnational governments are recognized as essential actors in fast tracking transformative action in the urban world.

SDGs, the COP21 and Cities

ICLEI has prepared useful briefing sheets about the SDGs and cities, as well as a series about local climate action and advocacy (for the COP21).  They are now online here.  

Local Governments and the Sharing Economy

Local governments are faced with a tsunami of Sharing Economy activities. This roadmap helps local governments across North America strategically engage to foster more sustainable cities. It's also useful to audiences including city staff, local politicians, sustainability practitioners and Sharing Economy innovators, Sharing Economy critics and supporters.

Victoria Transport Policy Institute

The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transportation problems. The VTPI website ( ) has many excellent resources addressing a wide range of transport planning and policy issues. VTPI also provides consulting services.

Scanning for Sustainable Community Development in the Bolivian Highlands

Abstract: This article describes the experience of attempting to adjust a sustainable community development planning tool, the Community Capital Scan, for use in the Bolivian highlands. We tested the Scan, which was originally developed for use in a European or North American context, with five communities in the Bolivian highlands.

Sustainable Development Goals for Sweden: Insights on Setting a National Agenda

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended as the reference point for international development until 2030. Most of the targets are, implicitly or explicitly, global; to be reached by concerted international action. But in contrast to the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs cannot be achieved without far-reaching change in domestic policy and action even in wealthy developed countries like Sweden.

Tomorrow’s City Today: Prospects for Standardising Sustainable Urban Development

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A new report, published by the University of Westminster, explores an apparent process of the ‘standardisation’ of urban sustainability, taking place through the implementation of different types of certification schemes and frameworks of indicators around the world.

Professor Simon Joss, Principal Investigator and project coordinator from the University of Westminster, said: