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Developing and testing the urban sustainable development goal’s targets and indicators – a five-city study

Simons, D, Arfvidsson, H, Anand, G, Bazaz, A, Fenna,, F, Foster, K, Jain, J, Hansson, S, Marix Evans, L, Moodley, N, Nyambuga, C, Oloko, M, Chandi Ombara, D, Patel, Z, Perry, BG, Primo, N, Revi, A, Van Niekerk, B, Wharton, A and Wright, C 2015, 'Developing and testing the urban sustainable development goal’s targets and indicators – a five-city study' , Environment and Urbanization .

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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.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Environment and Urbanization
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0956-2478
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Funders: Mistra Urban Futures
Depositing User: VL Simpson
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 13:41
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 13:41

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