Eleni Dellas (adelphi)
adelphi consult GmbH and Cities Alliance
Alexander Carius, Marianne Beishe, Susan Parnell, Dirk Messner
"The way cities and human settlements are designed, planned, built, financed and governed has far -reaching implications for a life of dignity for all people and for the sustainable future of our planet. Against this background, the international context for sustainable urban development has changed through the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the New Urban Agenda. Globally, cities are increasingly recognise d as transformative development actors, and their relevance for the implementation of these global agendas is acknowledged.
To support implementation and ensure continuous attention to shared global challenges, all three agendas - the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda - outline processes for follow-up and review. While all three agendas recogn ise the central role of national governments in follow-up and review, the role of local and regional governments is most explicitly recognise d in the New Urban Agenda.
However, more attention to urban sustainability issues and participation of local and regional governments and their partners in follow -up and review can help support the implementation of the three agendas. In the coming months and years there are many opportunities to shape the consideration of urban sustainability issues in follow -up and re view processes. Firstly, follow -up and review structures at the national, regional and local level are still developing, creating opportunities to define practice in ways that give cities maximum voice. Secondly, at the international level key events are scheduled that provide opportunities for strategic engagement. Thirdly, while specific processes and reports for global follow -up and review are set out in the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda, some practical aspects are still being further elucidated.
Against this background, the Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme (JWP) on Cities in the Global Agendas has commissioned this report. The goal of the report is to develop recommendations for strengthening the synergistic follow -up and review of the urban dimension of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda, and to explore opportunities for a stronger involvement of local and regional governments and their partners in follow-up and review. The conclusions and recommendations, which are summarised below, revolve around several narratives on the need to strengthen attention to urban sustainability issues, and inclusion of local and regional governments and their partners in follow -up and review."