Localisation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals in Buenos Aires

Gutman, M., Cohen, M., Nesprias, J., Versace, I., Reese, E., Miguens, L. and Belli, L.V. (2019) Localisation of the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals in Buenos Aires. Mistra Urban Futures Report 2019:8


Buenos Aires city has been the capital of the country since 1880 and became the head of its metropolitan area. Its large concentration of political and economic power distinguishes it from the rest of Argentine cities. This metropolitan area consists of Buenos Aires Autonomous City (CABA) and 24 municipalities of Buenos Aires province. Whereas its total population reaches 12,806,866 inhabitants, only 2,890,151 inhabitants belong to the city (National Census, 2010), which whole area covers 203 km2 (78.37 square miles).

Since 2007 the city has been lead by the same political party. Between 2015 and 2019, this party also governed the provincial and the national government. In this last period, the municipal government worked closely with some international commitments related to achieve inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements, such as the UN Agenda 2030.

The local co-production experience has been developed in this context, in a joint effort of the Observatory on Latin America (OLA), The New School, the Centre for Social and Legal Studies (CELS, in Spanish) and the General Secretariat and International Affairs (SGyRI, in Spanish) within the Government of the City of Buenos Aires (GCBA). This partnership sought to coordinate the views from academia, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and public sector regarding the Agenda 2030 adaptation in Buenos Aires. This research not only included the study of SDG localisation, but also the analysis of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) implementation.

The work focuses around two pillars, namely: the analysis of secondary sources and the co-production of knowledge with government players. For the first pillar, official documents relevant to the study of the strategic implementation of SDGs in the city (UN, ECLAC, the national government) were surveyed and processed to be used as inputs. For the second pillar, meetings were held with national and city government officials.

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