Africa’s Mixed Record on Keeping Up With UN Goals

March 10, 2020

Almost five years ago, all member states of the United Nations signed the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development. This agenda includes 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) on global challenges such as poverty, urbanization and climate action, all featuring targets and indicators to measure...

Looking toward 2030: The Future of Aid

February 15, 2019

A decade until 2030 looks like a long time, but not when the world is faced with crises on multiple fronts that require sustained action. The world was intended to be a better place when the international community pledged commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) after the...

No Silver Bullet: The New Urban Agenda and Smart Cities

March 13, 2018

Technological fixes such as smart cities make a system more complex, resulting in “wicked problems” that require ever more extensive technological remedies. In October 2016, at the World Urban Forum 8 in Quito, Ecuador, UN Habitat launched its third planning cycle with Habitat III, now known...