Making the Sustainable Development Goals Operational through an Urban Agenda: Perspectives from Science

Solutions. 2015, 2: 37-40.

Currently, there is a unique opportunity for the global scientific community to significantly contribute to sustainable futures through the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) process. A critical issue now under debate in the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on the SDGs is how they should deal with urban issues.1 At stake is whether there should be a stand-alone urban goal (and what it might be), and a choice between the alternatives of dedicated sub-national reporting or a continuation of the situation that prevailed under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are set to expire in 2015.

Susan Parnell, José Siri, Thomas Elmqvist, Peter Marcotullio, Anthony Capon, Aromar Revi, Jo Ivey Boufford