Toward urban frameworks accommodating change in urban cultural landscapes

For Goal 11, six of seven proposed indicators held yellow classifications and one was grey at the beginning of the review.But by the end of the deliberations, five of the seven moved to the green column, one was grey (11.4) and one had no classification (11.5). Three of these indicators are strong candidates for using new geospatial technologies in what could become a revolutionary way to bring policy-relevant information to public and private decision-makers.

This means education at national and subnational levels.In addition, work with civil society to communicate and translate the power of the indicators to guide decision-makers as they develop programs and policies in support of sustainable urbanization will also be necessary. References Martino Pesaresi, “Global Human Settlement Data Use in the Perspective of SDG Monitoring,” presented at the GEO-XIII and 2015 Ministerial Summit, Group on Earth Observations, Mexico City, November 10, 2015.All of this suggests that the key dimension to realizing the elements of the Urban Goal boils down to understanding how cities are governed.This is not merely a matter of institutional design, which is a common pitfall of universalistic policy debates.For that, according to UN Habitat’s Eduardo Moreno, who has extensively studied Goal 11 and its indicators, national governments will have to work with local authorities to collect the information.

This will likely require developing a sampling method, searching city records for the appropriate information, and transmitting the data back to the national government unit charged with reporting.Two tools that can help overcome the monitoring obstacles: the Global Human Settlements Layer (GHSL) and World Pop.The GHSL, a project of the European Union’s Joint Research Council, is due to be fully launched in Fall 2016, coinciding with the Habitat III Conference, the first all UN conference to be held after the passage of the SDGs.Sustainable Development Goal to be one of the SDGs under consideration by the UN.At that time, an explicitly urban SDG was anything but certain, and a large coalition of urbanists was working hard to make urban issues explicitly part of the UN’s sustainability agenda. The word “sustainable” makes clear that cities are part of larger, globally interconnected chains of resources that transcend old fashioned rural-urban boundaries. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education, former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Municipal Art Society of New York, and co-chair, UN-HABITAT's World Urban Campaign.As with the MDGs, the United Nations will ask nations to report on the SDG targets—all 169 of them—and at present, is working to develop indicators to provide a set of simple, uniform measures. But this situation opens the door to employing new means of monitoring.