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Online Course: Cities and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

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Cities are a core component of the UN’s 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. This mini-series is a companion piece to the SDG Academy's full-length Sustainable Cities course and also serves as a brief introduction to the topic of urban sustainable development and the SDGs. From the inclusion of SDG 11 to the emphasis on subnational actors, cities are increasingly recognized as key players in achieving the SDGs. In these five lectures aptly titled, Cities and the Challenge of Sustainable Development, Professor Jeffrey Sachs asks the questions: What does it mean to be a ‘sustainable city’ in the 21st century? And what types of challenges do local governments face in adapting to new technologies, energy systems, modes of transportation and more?

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Decentralized cooperation to democratize cities: Project to improve the institutional capacities of local authorities in Brazil and Mozambique as actors of decentralised cooperation

Available in English

Project to improve the institutional capacities of local authorities in Brazil and Mozambique as actors of decentralised cooperation

Developed by United Cities and Local Governments (UCL...

Posted by UNDP

Case studies and best practices

Self-assessing Sustainable Local Development: A Tool for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Available in English

Self-assessing Sustainable Local Development tool (SAT4SLD) helps local actors to assess their current status and create consensus on pathways towards a more sustainable future by simultaneously addre...

Developed by United Nations Development Programme (UN...

Posted by UNDP

Guidance and systemization of experiences

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