Sustainable Urbanization | Publications
Success in achieving targets under SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation will to a large extent depend on understanding of the interdependencies with the other SDGs. This publication presents a systems-thinking-based framework for integration of the SDG 6 targets with the 16 other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 161 targets. The framework aims to assist policy makers in designing integrated and holistic strategies and roadmaps for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs with a focus on SDG 6, by applying tools and methods based on systems thinking. A traditional linear planning does not allow taking into account linkages and interactions of different factors. Most effective changes in systems, however, can be achieved by understanding which interactions result in most desired long term outcomes, thus supporting transitions beyond ‘silo’ approaches. Following the proposed methodology, good leaders will be able to navigate and identify effective “leverage points” in the system’s dynamics for triggering interventions with short and long impacts, while making the most of scarce resources.
Sustainable Urbanization | Videos
Bogotá, Columbia, Building a sustainable transport system. This video explains how the Mayor of Bogotá decided to invest public funds in a new rapid bus system and pedestrian areas rather than building new roads.
Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, transformed one of the world's most chaotic cities into a model of civic-minded and sustainable urban planning. He reformed public transportation, added greenways, built mega-libraries and created the longest stretch of bike-only lanes in the world. But along the way, he met tremendous opposition from the very people he was attempting to help.
As of 2008, cities were responsible for about 80% of greenhouse gas emissions and consumed roughly 75% of the world's energy. Given that half of humanity lives in cities and that number is expected to grow to two-thirds by the year 2030, local policymakers in cities have a unique opportunity to affect the global climate crisis for better or worse. Ken Livingston, the first directly elected mayor of London, has taken advantage of that opportunity to institute a number of policies that respond to London's growth while also improving its livability.
Sustainable Urbanization | Case Studies