Jointly developed by SDSN and the German government, “Getting Started with the SDGs in Cities” outlines how cities can get started with implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities and human settlements.
Without first acknowledging and addressing the challenges faced by local governments in many parts of the world, SDG localization will not benefit the majority of the global urban population, will fail to build sustainable governance structures, and will constrain the achievement of sustainable outcomes.
“Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Seen as the guiding principle for long-term global development, sustainable development consists of three pillars: economic development, social development and environmental protection”
Chapter 3: Enabling Conditions for Sustainable Development
“….the localization of the 2030 Agenda is not the implementation of a global or national agenda at local level; but rather building adequate conditions at local level to achieve the global goals.” .