Developing and testing the Urban Sustainable Development Goal’s targets and indicators

Simon, D., Arfvidsson, H., Anand, G., Bazaz, A., Fenna, G., Foster, K., … Wright, C. (2015). Developing and testing the Urban Sustainable Development Goal’s targets and indicators – a five-city study. Environment and Urbanization, 28(1), 49–63. doi:10.1177/0956247815619865

Platform
Global
Publication type
Scientific article (peer-reviewed)
Projects
Pilot Project to Test Potential Targets and Indicators for the Urban Sustainable Development Goal
DOI Title
Developing and testing the Urban Sustainable Development Goal’s targets and indicators – a five-city study
Journal
Environment and Urbanization
ISSN/ISBN
0956-2478 1746-0301
DOI
10.1177/0956247815619865
Author(s)
David Simon Michael Oloko Alex Wharton Brendon Van Niekerk Aromar Revi Natasha Primo Beth Perry Zarina Patel Doris Chandi Ombara Charles Nyambuga Helen Arfvidsson Nishendra Moodley Louise Marix Evans Stina Hansson Garima Jain Kevin Foster Gill Fenna Amir Bazaz Geetika Anand Carol Wright
Published year
Subject
Environmental Science (miscellaneous) Urban Studies

 

Abstract

The campaign for the inclusion of a specifically urban goal within the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was challenging. Numerous divergent interests were involved, while urban areas worldwide are also extremely heterogeneous. It was essential to minimize the number of targets and indicators while still capturing critical urban dimensions relevant to human development. It was also essential to test the targets and indicators. This paper reports the findings of a unique comparative pilot project involving co-production between researchers and local authority officials in five diverse secondary and intermediate cities: Bangalore (Bengaluru), India; Cape Town, South Africa; Gothenburg, Sweden; Greater Manchester, United Kingdom; and Kisumu, Kenya. Each city faced problems in providing all the data required, and each also proposed various changes to maximize the local relevance of particular targets and indicators. This reality check provided invaluable inputs to the process of finalizing the urban SDG prior to the formal announcement of the entire SDG set by the UN Secretary- General in late September 2015.

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