Global Forum on Human Settlements Calls for Urban Innovation to Achieve SDG 11, NUA

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, November 22 2018

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BANGKOK, THAILAND: Participants at the 2018 Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) have committed to support sustainable and resilient cities through innovation, green growth and policies that maximize the benefits of local actions and help achieve the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

GFHS 2018, which convened from 30-31 October 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme, ‘Advancing Urban Innovations to Achieve SDG 11 and the New Urban Agenda (NUA),’ acknowledged that SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) is the “lynchpin” of the localizing process of all 17 SDGs. The forum recognized that achieving the SDGs depends on local and regional governments and partnerships with stakeholders as many investments towards achieving the Goals will take place at the subnational level and will be led by local authorities. The forum emphasized the potential of cities to foster innovation and realize green growth, and of well-designed policies, strategies and approaches to maximize the benefits of local actions.

During the forum, Anwarul Chowdhury, GFHS Chair, said the GFHS advocates for enhanced partnerships in line with SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) and “breaking the political, economic, social, gender and even geographic hierarchy” to advance the SDGs and NUA.

 

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