Actions to achieve Sustainable Urban Development

Why actions matter in achieving the 2030 Agenda

We have less than seven years remaining to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, the United Nations Secretary-General called upon a Decade of Action to accelerate and mobilise solutions at local and global levels and fully engage partners, people and communities across all sectors to leverage transformative changes. Therefore, it is crucial to collect and monitor committed actions and advance the progress and achievement of the Agenda 2030.

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WUF 11 – The Katowice Declared Actions

The eleventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) took place in Katowice, Poland, from 26 to 30 June 2022 under the theme Transforming our Cities for a Better Urban Future.

The theme’s relevance is stark as the world comes together to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, especially after the devastating effects of Covid-19 and the refugee situation due to the crisis in Ukraine.

The WUF11 concluded with the Katowice Declared Actions. These declared actions will carry the sustainable development agenda forward to the next World Urban Forum in Cairo, Egypt in January 2024, and beyond. They include recommendations and commitments that representatives of government, civil society and the private sector take back to their home cities for further discussion and implementation. WUF11 Katowice Declared Actions are voluntary actions and commitments that support the NUA implementation and accelerate the SDGs’ attainment. 

WUF 10 - The Abu Dhabi Declared Actions
The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) debated issues related to rapid urbanisation, building inclusive and resilient cities, and taking steps to accelerate their work towards the New Urban Agenda as an accelerator to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the Decade of Action. WUF10 began with a call to action and concluded with the Abu Dhabi Declared Actions committed by different partners and stakeholder groups.

The Abu Dhabi Declared Actions comprises actions committed on a voluntary basis by governments, partners, individuals, communities, and the business sector from cities and countries around the world to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The Actions were produced in consultation with the WUF10 Advisory Group representatives from diverse urban development partners. The Actions are strategic level goals that will result from implementing new initiatives from various institutions and actors.

For more information on the Declared Actions, please visit here.

The first report on the implementation of the Abu Dhabi Declared Actions: one year of implementation was published in 2021. The report details successes and highlights actions partners are engaging in to fulfil their commitments.

Actions At-a-Glance

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Amelioration des conditions de vie des populations demunies.
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Advocacy for the people living with tuberculosis and giving them a mental health support.
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Advance design and creation of Green, Sustainable Healthy spaces and places

Wacheke Eco Fold Studios- As a design company- we intend to advocate and transform interior spaces to sustainable standard Via green, sustainable healthy and wellness designation and accreditations, we intend to have more buildings in our country Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified, Health and Wellness rating certified, Building Research Environmental Establishment Method for infrastructure certified... especially the UN where transformation and advocacy commences
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SDG Cities Faith Implementation Partner

Intended Impact: SDG Cities, a flagship program of UN-Habitat, has clear and identified goals and targets for achieving the SDGs, the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement, and other related international agreements ( In response to the direct and strategic call for faith-based communities to join SDG Cities as one of its six “implementation windows,” the WEA, through the work of the WEA Sustainability Center, commits to be a faith-based implementation partner with SDG Cities to achieve its comprehensive goals in 1000+ cities, especially through intentional leadership to mobilize the global evangelical community’s support, expertise, resources, and collaboration. Simultaneously, we commit to co-leading, with other faith-based partners, galvanizing a broad based multi-faith coalition of faith-based implementation partners. This multi-faith organizing work, which was started at WUF11 with networking event #172 (co-hosted with Religions for Peace and SDG Cities), will continue at COP27 and other convening events and venues. Immediate Expected Results: In route to building out the capacity of SDG Cities faith-based implementation partners, we will work with our multi-faith partners to write an international multi-faith statement on cities--which will be the first international multi-faith statement on cities and the sustainable future of cities that we are aware of. The statement will debut as soon as possible, potentially for the UN Habitat Assembly in 2023. If that is not achievable then for WUF12 2024. This multi-faith statement will express the common understandings faiths have regarding cities and our common cause with the New Urban Agenda, the UN Decade of Action to achieve the SDGs, etc.. We will also work on updating a parallel evangelical statement on Cities, the Gospel and the Future of Cities, that was written in 2016 to express an evangelical Christian understanding of cities, and their future, for Habitat III. Measurement: SDG Cities has built-in measurements, processes, and protocols. For implementation partners those measurements and processes will track the progress and outcomes of SDG Cities, including the outcomes and the effectiveness of the work being committed to here.
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Enhancing Al-Salt’s Green Public Spaces and Living Heritage for Socio-Economic Development

In 2021, UNESCO inscribed Al-Salt city as a World Heritage Site, branding it “The Place of Tolerance and Urban Hospitality”. With diverse communities settling into its dense urban fabric over the centuries, Al-Salt’s public spaces have been the link between homes, religions, and cultures and have preserved the culture of hospitality and tolerance in a melting pot. The integrity of Al-Salt is vulnerable, and the rehabilitation and conservation of these spaces and their related living heritage assets are necessary to maintain the hospitable urban fabric. Accordingly, this project aims to enhance the social cohesion, increase the livelihood opportunities, and maintain the integrity of Al-Salt city through the rehabilitation of safe, inclusive, and accessible green public spaces, the development of a city-wide public space strategy, as well as the documentation, promotion, and valorisation of living heritage assets within Al-Salt Municipality. This project is aligned with national strategic objectives as well as the WUF 11 Katowice Declared Actions, specifically the reconfirmation of culture as a “core component of local identity” and “an integral part of the solution to the challenges of urbanisation.” This project adopts a multi-dimensional approach that is informed by the urban development pressures and challenges that threaten the vulnerable sustainability, authenticity, and cohesion of the urban fabric of Al-Salt city. The rehabilitated spaces will provide the necessary platforms to facilitate marketplaces and economic exchange to improve the socioeconomic conditions of vulnerable communities in Al-Salt. The expected results of this project are articulated through the following outcomes and outputs: Outcome 1: Strengthened urban governance on designing, managing, and maintaining public spaces. • Output 1.1: Co-develop a city-wide public space strategy with Al-Salt Municipality. Outcome 2: Enhanced social cohesion, economic opportunities, and wellbeing of vulnerable communities through the provision of safe, inclusive, and green public space(s) and the promotion of their shared heritage assets. • Output 2.1: Conduct Public Space Site-Specific Assessment(s), including living heritage assets inventory, within the walkable radius of the selected public space(s). • Output 2.2: Rehabilitate one public space, with special attention given to the needs of women/ girls, people with disabilities, and refugees. Outcome 3: Strengthened capacity of local authorities and awareness of local communities on the importance of safe, inclusive, and accessible public space and their transformative power to enhance resilience and safety. • Output 3.1: Build capacities of local authorities on how to develop and maintain safe, inclusive, and accessible public spaces and on the importance of inventorying living heritage assets. • Output 3.2: Raise awareness of local communities on the importance of safe, inclusive, and accessible public space, as well as on the coexisting living heritage assets and the need to maintain them. The proposed intervention will begin with and be informed by the UN-Habitat Public Space City-Wide Assessment and the implemented pilot project will be informed by the UN-Habitat Public Space Site-Specific Assessments findings and analysis.
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Improve the living conditions of all communities through capacity building for the National Urban Urban

Improved living conditions through capacity building. This can be done by educating those managing the town, planners and real estate managers and the communities. We will engage our students to show how this can be done. In some cases cleaning and sweeping markets.
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DeclarAction on Youth and Sustainable Urbanization

We, the representatives of youth organizations from around the world, gathered at the 11th Session of the World Urban Forum of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in the City of Katowice, Poland, on June 26th, 2022, declare our right to the city and express our intention to work with stakeholders at the local, national and international level to strive for the meaningful inclusion of youth in the sustainable, inclusive, safe and prosperous development of our cities and communities with the goal of leaving no one behind in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. During the Youth 2030 Cities forums, young people from six countries were asked to share the most pertinent challenges facing their local communities. These top issues were then reinforced and expanded upon by the youth gathered at WUF11. The most important problems facing youth across the fourteen total countries include: • Environmental degradation and climate change • Employment and economic opportunities • Youth governance and inclusion • Gender equality & sexual reproductive rights • Migration and forced displacement • Urban safety • Mental health and wellbeing This Declared Action seeks to place youth at the forefront of conversations, debates, and decision-making with local and national governments. Youth contain a unique perspective of the state of their local communities which must be openly communicated so then to be reflected in public policies and infrastructural practices. If the international community endeavors to improve these seven themes, youth must also be enabled as agents of change which means creating more spaces for youth to speak and be heard, public and private funding for youth-led initiatives, and removing barriers to youth inclusion in decision-making which are often tied to preconceived beliefs based on their age and experience. To achieve the SDGs by 2030, youth must be leading the way through a localized effort, combining forces with government, civil society, academia, and private sector, and educating other youth on the SDGs. Youth must also be able to track and monitor the achievement of the SDGs through comprehensive tools and data analysis. The SDG Scorecard, developed through the Youth 2030 Cities initiative allows youth to take action into their own hands, monitor the SDGs being implemented in their local communities, and hold local and national government accountable for sustainable policies and projects. Additionally, youth need a platform to learn from each other and share best practices which is why Youth 2030 Cities also created an online Community of Practice platform where youth from around the world can connect and exchange ideas. Through this youth empowering youth model, we endeavor to create a powerful movement of young people creating positive change all over the world. Expected results include youth no longer taking a back seat in conversations around policies and practices but be the drivers of local action and the implementation of the SDGs.
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BRINGING AGRICULTURE INTO URBAN AREAS: Enhancing the Food Security and Socioeconomic Conditions of Vulnerable Communities through Sustainable Urban Agriculture Initiatives.

This Action aims to enhance the food security and socioeconomic conditions of vulnerable communities living Amman through collaborative urban agriculture interventions. According to the national food security Strategy 2021-2030, 53% of Jordanians and 21% of refugee households are vulnerable to food insecurity. With affordable materials and sustainable techniques, rooftops, balconies, and vacant lands, can be used to enable inclusive and self-sufficient food systems capable of meeting consumer demand, enhancing food security, increasing green exposure, and mitigating climate change effects. This project intends to bring agriculture into urban areas to enable an inclusive food system through capacity-building, awareness raising, community/home gardening, and developing guides on the optimal utilization of vacant urban lands and rooftops for urban agriculture. Beneficiaries include Greater Amman Municipality staff and communities. The project’s anticipated results are articulated around the following outcomes and outputs: Outcome 1: Enhanced socioeconomic conditions and mental wellbeing of vulnerable communities in Amman through sustainable agriculture training and interventions. Output 1.1: Enhanced capacities of vulnerable community members, of which 50% are refugees, through permaculture and hydroponic vocational training, with a special focus on home and community gardening through sustainable and affordable techniques. Output 1.2: Pilot home-based farms are established in selected homes/rooftops in Amman. Output 1.3: Pilot community urban farms are established in selected public spaces/ vacant lands. Outcome 2: Raised awareness of Greater Amman Municipality’s communities on the importance of sustainable urban agriculture and the potential behind the utilization of vacant lands and rooftops. Output 2.1: Toolkit for the local community about urban agriculture is developed and shared. Output 2.2: Community awareness raising sessions on the importance of sustainable agriculture and methods are held. Outcome 3: Strengthened capacities of the Greater Amman Municipality’s to mainstream food security in urban and land use policies and how to utilize vacant lands and rooftops for this purpose. Output 3.1: Capacities of local officials and national stakeholders on mainstreaming food security and green recovery are strengthened. Output 3.2: “Mainstreaming Food Security into National and Local Urban Policies” Guide is developed with the Greater Amman Municipality. Output 3.3: A guiding regulatory framework on utilization of vacant lands and setting up an incentive programme in the Greater Amman Municipality is developed and endorsed. Vocational training, awareness raising, and home-based/community gardens can act as catalysts for developing sustainable and resilient livelihoods, fostering local economic development, enhancing social cohesion, and providing ecological solutions. These gardens will support safe social activity and a chance to enhance the experience of the built environment in the face of crises. Sustainable green solutions can be effective tools to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities against food insecurity and provide fundamental ecological solutions, specifically within vulnerable households in Amman, specifically by utilizing front and backyards, roofs, and vacant/public lands for urban farming. The community members and households participating in the vocational training and those implementing their home-based gardens are expected to create a network of small farms as niches for social and economic support within the urban fabric.
Source: World Urban Forum

Equitable Urban Futures

Training of Community mobilisers in health, sanitation issues. Reducing emissions in slums and marginalized communities
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Partnership / Common WUF 11 Declared Action

The WUF 11 Agenda towards transformative smart cities across the world is a big the step towards achieving the fast world growth and mentality in third world countries and continents. The immediate impact would major on locals living standards that would be improved ,affordable housing would be achieved. Technological development would be achieved when the smart cities project is successful whereas security, data analysis and accountability will be achieved through the project. Through being part and parcel of the smart cities project in alignment with the vision 2030 of the United nations and adherance to the SDGs thematic schemes from its foundation stage all the way to its completion would be the best way of measuring our declared action.
Source: World Urban Forum