‘End social woes’:
New York on Wednesday became the first city to unveil how it is faring on global goals to end poverty, inequality and other woes by 2030, officials said, highlighting the importance for cities to promote social and economic innovation.
Nearly 200 countries signed on to the goals at the United Nations three years ago, but much of the actual progress takes place at local levels such as New York, city officials said.
The set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), unanimously approved by the 193 UN member nations in 2015, is a wideranging “to-do” list tackling such issues as conflict, hunger, land degradation, gender equality and climate change.
Nearly four dozen countries are submitting voluntary reports on their progress at a high-level UN meeting this week, but New York City is the first city to do so, officials said.
“Cities and local communities play a crucial role in ensuring that we achieve the sustainable and equitable future envisioned by the Global Goals,” said Penny Abeywardena, New York’s commissioner for international affairs, in a statement.
At UN headquarters, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN Under-SecretaryGeneral and executive director of UN-Habitat, said she hoped New York’s move would induce other cities to follow suit.
“We look at cities as the engine of growth. Cities are also the center for innovation and creativity,” she said at a news briefing. (RTRS)