U.S. Conference of Mayors Addresses Importance of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

From the Global Development Incubator's statement:

Washington, D.C. – 26 January 2018 – Recognizing that cities are on the frontlines of international efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Treaty targets, the U.S. Conference of Mayors today discussed the critical importance of working towards achieving these goals – and, importantly, sharing their successes with other cities.

In a session hosted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the U.N. Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN), the Mayors heard the message that without the political leadership of cities across the globe, achieving the SDGs may not be possible. Mayors Sam Liccardo of San Jose, Catherine Pugh of Baltimore, and Buddy Dyer of Orlando not only reiterated this message, but expressed commitments to advance the SDGs in their cities. The Mayors emphasized the need for political leadership by cities and local governments to advance sustainable development in the USA and globally.

The Global Development Incubator (GDI), a supporter of the session today, is working with cities and local governments around the world to launch SDG Compacts that will empower cities to accelerate the implementation of SDGs based on local needs. SDG Compacts aim to strengthen and sustain political leadership; catalyze impact; and increase the ability to leverage existing and additional resources. Moreover, the compacts will be data-driven with specific emphasis on creating measurable targets for success. 

Dr. Paul Zeitz, co-Founder of the SDG Compacts stated, “We applaud the dynamic leadership of Mayors Liccardo, Pugh, and Dyer. Their cities are on the cutting edge of revitalizing the American Dream and set a bold example for all cities to follow. Through local leadership, we can advance equitable economic opportunity, gender equality, and climate smart action that will help put us on the road to reaching the SDGs by 2030.”

Alice Gugelev, a director at the Global Development Incubator added, “The leadership demonstrated today can help catalyze the considerable investment needed from diverse stakeholders to advance sustainable development. With support, the “SDG Compacts” can help leverage the private sector, banks, and impact investors to provide the financing needed to achieve bold and transformative results.”

SDG Compacts kick-off meetings will be held at Occidental College Young Initiative on the Global Economy in Los Angeles, California in early February 2018.

For more information about SDG Compacts, visit www.sdgcompacts.org and follow @SDGCompacts on Twitter. For media inquiries, contact paul.zeitz@globaldevincubator.org