New York becomes first city to report progress on SDGs directly to international community

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The New York City has become the first city in the world to commit to reporting directly to the international community its efforts to reach global benchmarks in addressing poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.

The 193 countries have signed the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreement in 2015 that binds them to tackle a range of developmental issues in 15 year time are to report their progress at a high-level U.N. meeting this week at New York.

New York has come up with a Voluntary Local Review (VLR) that showcased its significant achievements in cleaner air and water, record job and wage growth, and in tripling the number of children in free pre-Kindergarten.

“We encourage cities and communities to join the urgent discussion about what is working on the local level, and how we can address the shared challenges that remain on the way to reaching the Global Goals,” said Penny Abeywardena, NY Commissioner for International Affairs.

The United Nations has launched the Local2030 platform for cities and local governments to pursue a path of sustainable development.

While about 700 cities are to have populations of more than one million by 2030, the United Nations says that urban areas are central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and are where the struggle for global sustainability “will either be won or lost.”

“Urbanization is one of the most important issues when it comes to sustainable development,” Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, said on the sidelines of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).

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