Adopting the Sustainable Development Agenda

The United Nation’s extraordinary Sustainable Development Summit was held last September at UN Headquarters in New York, where the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted. The Agenda consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 targets that provide new objectives while supplementing those still to be achieved.

Local and regional governments worldwide were represented at the Summit by the Global Taskforce working group and UCLG members, who issued a joint statement on their commitment to playing an active role in ensuring the success of the 2030 Agenda and calling for an overhaul in the structure of global governance under the United Nations system. The statement welcomed the inclusion of the 11 SDG on cities as a major advance for local governments in preparing for the Habitat III Conference. Mention should also be made of the link established between local responsibilities and the other goals.

Unlike the definition of the Millennium Development Goals, negotiated solely by states, the post-2015 SDG are the result of a broad participation process, differing from the former in their inclusiveness, which in itself can be considered a success. The post-2015 process was opened to local and regional government networks and other interested institutions involved in the process of defining new goals through the Global Taskforce.