Integrated Policies for Sustainable Societies

The Sustainable Cities Database is a new information resource to help sustainable development actors identify potential partner cities for low-carbon technology transfer projects.

Spatial and Demographic

Spatial and demographic characteristics are described using a range of indicators, including population size and density, natural features and geographic coordinates.


Economic and Financial

Economic and financial conditions of cities are addressed by documenting key economic sectors, average household incomes and data related to local government budgets. Information on these indicators provides insights on local economic priorities and financial capacities that are conducive to the development and implementation of ambitious sustainability strategies.


Planning and Institutional

Information on institutional arrangements and plan-making in cities is deemed important to get a better understanding how proactive cities are and what their capacity is for future sustainability initiatives. Governance for local climate change action is becoming vital for cities, and this database is probably the first initiative seeking to collect city-level data related to electoral cycles and results, numbers of civil servants and local plans and strategies across national borders in Asia.


International Exposure

The level of international exposure of a city is gauged by a set of indicators that show where there already is receptiveness for strategies for urban sustainability transitions and where greater efforts must be made by the international community for such concepts to gain traction. This category includes information such as past and present overseas development assistance activity in a city as well as engagement in city networks and partnerships.


SDG11 Data in Japan and the Philippines

The Sustainable Development Goal 11 is entitled “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” and comprises of 10 targets, which are linked to 14 related indicators. With negotiations on indicators still ongoing (as of March 2016), changes to individual indicators are still possible. The research team selected 5 environment-related SDG11 targets for data gathering (see Fig. 1) and the data can now be downloaded via the links below. The data will be fully integrated into a new Cities Database, to be developed by the IGES City Task Force in 2016. A preliminary design concept for the new interface is also included in the downloads section.

Fig.1: Selected SDG11 targets

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