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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has published a guide to help the cities of the USA. UU To implement the ODS. The guide describes ten steps to support sustainable development planning and provides case studies and examples of US cities that have begun to use the SDGs in their planning processes.

Titled, “A Road to Sustainable US Cities: A Guide to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals,” the document notes that in the last 15 years, US cities have UU Of all sizes, they have begun to develop long-term sustainability plans. More recently, he says, some cities have turned to the SDGs to help them develop a comprehensive plan with clear baselines and an analytical framework to improve internal planning and implementation.

Based on the lessons of recent planning exercises in US cities and the experience of the authors, the guide proposes the following ten steps to support sustainable development planning:

  1. Establish the leadership and management structure, including the budget and deadlines, for the planning process.
  2. Identify fundamental values for the city
  3. Establishment of work teams
  4. Gather baseline data, including population trends and economic conditions
  5. Taking stock of what the city is already doing that aligns with the SDGs, identifying the gaps and
  6. analyzing the most important ones to fill
  7. Identification of budgetary resources and possible sources of financing
  8. Develop a draft framework for the plan, including objectives, benchmarks, metrics and indicators
    Identify interested parties, external advisors and community resources, establish processes to work with them and integrate their knowledge and ideas in the drafted plan
  9. Align budgets and accountability mechanisms, including indicators and indicators, and final reviews

Launch the plan while establishing feedback mechanisms and accountability.
Written by Nilda Mesa, Melika Edquist and Jessica Espey, the guide reports that New York City was the first city in the world to inform the UN of its progress towards achieving the SDGs, which it did when sending a ‘Local Review’ voluntary ‘(VLR). A VLR refers to the local application of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR), which is the mechanism by which the countries share their experiences in the implementation of the SDGs at the national level, as requested in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The New York VLR was presented during the review of the progress of SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) in the July 2018 session of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The guide notes that following the initiative of the City of New York, other cities such as Helsinki, Finland have committed to present their own VLR in 2019, and several cities in the US. UU They are exploring how they could carry out VLR in the coming years.

Among other cities in the US UU., The guide reports that Los Angeles and San Jose, California, as well as Orlando, Florida, have considered the SDGs. In 2018, Orlando aligned the Green Works Orlando Community Action Plan update more coherently with the SDGs. The Green Works Orlando Community Action Plan is the city’s strategy to work towards sustainability goals.

In Los Angeles, the authors point out, the SDGs have been used as a coherent framework to understand how current plans fit in, identify gaps and consider new, interconnected and interdisciplinary approaches to the challenges of the city. It is expected that Los Angeles will consider the SDGs as a framework in the future in the context of its new sustainability plan and other emerging policies and governmental priorities.

The guide also reports that a growing number of local foundations based in the United States and philanthropic partners have begun to meet with groups such as the Foundations Council to jointly take on the SDGs, while continuing to focus on their specific areas of interest. As an example, the guide indicates that the Rockefeller philanthropic advisers convened a meeting of stakeholders from the San Francisco Bay area, including many from private foundations, philanthropic associations and venture capital firms, to analyze how their sector can work better to have a wwide-reaching impacts in the region.

Source: SDG Knowledge Hub.