UN-Habitat for the Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. All countries and stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, are starting to implement this plan. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, which are integrated and indivisible, demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda, which balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.


Stand Alone Goal On Cities – Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives a prominent role to urbanization and cities with the inclusion of a stand-alone goal for cities and human settlements. This comes as recognition that cities are a string that connects all other goals together; their density and economies of agglomeration link economy, energy, environment, science, technology and social and economic outputs.

These interactions are important to formulate integrated policies that enhance the transformative role of urbanization and contribute to achieve sustainable development. UN-Habitat has been designated as custodian agency in 8 indicators and as a supporting agency in another 5 for Goal 11 indicators. The Agency was also designated as custodian agency for indicator 1.4.2 on security of tenure along with the World Bank for Goal 1.

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Around one third of SDGs indicators have an urban component 

From the Global Monitoring Framework adopted by the Statistical Commission (231 indicators), it is estimated that around one third of them can be measured at the local level, having a direct connection to urban policies, and a clear impact on cities and human settlements. The effective implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda and the monitoring and reporting of the related indicators require better articulation of Goal 11 with other SDGs indicators that have an urban component.

UN-Habitat’s role in the SDG process

UN-Habitat is providing support to local and national governments to reflect the new global agenda in city and country development plans and policies, making the UN-Habitat’s policy expertise on sustainable urban development available to governments at all stages of implementation, monitoring and reporting.

1. Monitoring the SDGs - The City Prosperity Initiative
2. Implementing the SDGs
3. Capacity Building and Institutional Development
4. Partnership

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York, during the United Nations summit. The new Goals and targets came into effect on 1 January 2016, and are guiding the decisions over the next fifteen years. All countries are working to implement the Agenda at the regional and global levels, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development, including national policies and priorities.

Governments also acknowledge the importance of the regional and sub-regional dimensions, regional economic integration and interconnectivity in sustainable development. Regional and sub-regional frameworks can facilitate the effective translation of sustainable development policies into concrete action at the national level. The General Assembly Resolution proposed the development of a global indicator framework for the approved Goals and Targets, and commissioned the Inter-Agency Expert Group meeting (IAEG) to undertake this endeavors.

Statistical Commission resolution on Global Indicators Framework
The ‘Data Revolution’ at urban level
Localizing the SDGs
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