The world needs an Urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). As you already know from this blog post, and from signing this petition (please sign if you haven’t already)- this goal is crucial to make cities more livable and resilient. And now, MAS NYC invites you to join us for a webinar where we will discuss this important topic.

Tuesday, May 6th
12PM – 1PM EST
Hosted by MAS Global
Moderated by Mary Rowe, Director, Urban Resilience and Livability, Municipal Art Society of New YorkWith Presenters:

Eugene Birch
Chair, World Urban Campaign
Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research Department of City and Regional Planning
Chair, Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning, co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research

Maruxa Cardama
Executive Project Coordinator, Communitas, Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions in the new UN Development Agenda

Christina Platt
President, Commonwealth Association of Planners

Cynthia Roenzweig
Senior Research Scientist NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Use Webinar ID: 129-428-907

Cities play a critical role in the future success of our societies, economies, and the environment worldwide. As the world continues to urbanize, global targets and objectives must be seen through an urban lens. At the Millennium Summit in 2000, the United Nations adopted eight international development goals to achieve by 2015 – the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS).  The MDGS provide universal guidelines to mobilize member nations to alleviate the world’s environmental, social and cultural challenges, yet they fail to address a critical habitat in which most of the world’s population lives – our cities.

The 2010 MDG Summit and the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, initiated a process of creating a new global development agenda beyond 2015 and developing a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Bridging the two together, the UN developed a series of work streams designed to deliver the most effective recommendations for the new Sustainable Development Goals.  Of critical importance in this process, is the Open Working Group (OWG) which will present a proposal recommending a series of Sustainable Development Goals at the 68th session of the General Assembly in September 2014.

We want a country in which:

  • public, private and social sectors are engaged in active efforts to close the gap between the socioeconomic wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
  • the public sector, private investors and philanthropists separately and collaboratively deploy financial capital to create positive social and environmental impact
  • social innovation is an integral part of Canada’s innovation ecosystem, enabling civic institutions to co-create policies, initiatives and programs that enable citizens to contribute a diversity of skills and perspectives to Canadian society
  • public, private and civil society sectors act collaboratively and courageously to advance human thriving and address shared challenges
  • humans’ social and economic footprint is in balance with the natural ecosystems that sustain life.