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SDG Project Assessment Tool – Volume 1: General Framework

The SDG Project Assessment Tool (referred to as SDG Tool) is developed by UN-Habitat as an offline, digital and user-friendly instrument to guide City Authorities and Delivery Partners in the development of more inclusive, sustainable and effective urban projects. The General Framework of the SDG Project Assessment Tool (SDG Tool) comprises the complete list of Sustainability Principles, aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the related Performance Criteria. The General Framework represents the substantial component of the SDG Tool. It covers the three thematic pillars of the Global Future Cities Programme: Urban Planning, Transport and Resilience. Starting from this comprehensive set of principles and performance criteria a tailor-made SDG Project Assessment Worksheet will be derived for each project of the Programme.

The SDG Project Assessment Tool - Volume 1: General Framework is complemented by the SDG Project Assessment Tool - Volume 2: User Guide. The User Guide provides an introduction to the SDG Tool, focusing on its rationale, scope, and target groups and beneficiaries. Moreover, the User Guide explains the step-by-step application of the SDG Tool, guiding the users towards an inclusive and effective project assessment process. Content Structure The Sustainability Principles are organized into technical and effectiveness key drivers. While the technical key drivers need to be followed for sustainable and inclusive urbanization, the effectiveness key drivers relate to the implementation, viability and sustainability of the urban projects beyond the Programme period.

Cross-cutting issues, such as climate change, gender, human rights, disability, children, youth and elderly persons are considered integral to the entire framework and incorporated across all Sustainability Principles.

The technical key drivers are as follows:

  1. Social Inclusion
  2. Spatial Planning
  3. Environmental Resilience
  4. Economic Development

The effectiveness key drivers are as follows:

  1. Data-driven Processes and Management
  2. Capacity-building and Market Maturity
  3. Urban Governance and Legal Frameworks
  4. Financial Strategies

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