Sustainable Development Goals Reports on Cities
- Launch of the World-First Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) on Shimokawa, Toyama, and Kitakyushu
16 July—IGES is pleased to announce the launch of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) / Voluntary Local Review (VLR) Reports today on the sidelines of the 2018 UN High Level Political Forum held in New York. The VLR reports document the efforts of three local authorities in Japan working to advance the SDGs?namely, Shimokawa Town (Hokkaido), Toyama City (Toyama Prefecture), and Kitakyushu City (Fukuoka Prefecture), which led to their selection as “SDGs Future Cities” by the Japanese government in June 2018.
The reports, jointly written with IGES, comprise some of the first SDG reporting carried out by local governments anywhere in the world. All reports are structured around the “Handbook for the Preparation of Voluntary National Reviews: 2018 Edition”, taking into account specific characteristics and the level of progress on SDG initiatives in each respective city. While all cities recognise the importance of engaging in the SDG agenda, many are still working to find ways to adapt the Goals into their local context with regard to implementation and monitoring. These reports seek to contribute to the sharing of good practices on the SDGs between local authorities, illustrating how three Japanese cities are driving action on the SDGs both in terms of policy and planning.
First recipient of the Prime Minister Award of the Japan SDGs Award, December 2017
Recognised for its sustainable forest management efforts and actions to generate new value through local sustainability initiatives
Announced its 2030 vision in April 2018, aligned with the SDG framework and developed in a participatory and inclusive manner
Internationally recognised as a leading city on sustainability issues: selected a Rockefeller 100 city
Promoting various city measures informed by “Compact City planning based on polycentric transport networks” to address issues such as population decline and aging
Contributing to SDG implementation in different cities across the region including by sharing information on relevant policies and innovative technologies
First recipient of the Special Award of the Japan SDGs Award, December 2017
Credited for promoting new industries and fostering international cooperation, building on its history of civic engagement and technology development for addressing waste and pollution issues
Carrying out actions on the SDGs in an integrated and inclusive manner, while also working to address global challenges such as climate change and resource depletion
Governments and stakeholders the world over are in the process of developing a new set of goals to guide global development until 2030. IGES is actively engaged in the achievement of these goals.
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development, mandated in 2012 by the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
APFSD is an annual meeting convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) aimed at strengthening the region’s readiness for the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) was held in Nairobi from 11-15 March 2019, and focused on the theme of “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production”.