Vitoria Gasteiz’s commitment to implementing SDGs in cities

Source of Action
World Urban Forum
2022 - 2030
Last Updated
27 March 2023


First of all Vitoria Gasteiz is commited to implementing SDGs in the municipality. To make this commitment a reality, the city has developed Vitoria-Gasteiz´s Urban Agenda 2030. The Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda are presented as tools to reflect on the reality in which we live and to think about the municipality in which we want to live, a future for which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a clear direction for us. This is, in short, the opportunity that Vitoria-Gasteiz has now: to rethink the resources, strategies and projects for the future, and to do so through a work process that fosters collaboration and co-responsibility of all the actors of the municipality and that allows the definition of a comprehensive roadmap for the next decade. A document co-created with the citizens, especially with young and elderly people, and with people from the strategic social and economic sectors of the city as well as politicians. This document has been developed in three phases, an initial diagnostic phase, a second phase establishing the strategic framework and a third phase of contrasting and choosing the driving projects and transforming levers that will take Vitoria-Gasteiz to the year 2030. All three phases are aligned with the SDGs and also have a comprehensive system of indicators that will help us track all actions and projects to be carried out in the next 8 years that will help us achieve the SDGs in our city. Vitoria-Gasteiz also participates at regional and national level in other SDG implementation initiatives in cities such as: At the regional level: the working groups of Udalsarea 2030, network of Basque municipalities for sustainability. At the national level: Network of local entities for the 2030 Agenda. We are also part of the 100 Climate Neutral and Smart European Cities Mission by 2030 and the European Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change by, which shows a clear commitment to decarbonization and adaptation to climate change. Finally, another commitment that the city has made to achieving the SDGs in cities is its participation as a pilot city in UN-Habitat's SDG Cities initiative. In this regard we request UN-Habitat’s Executive Director to initiate a process within the UN System to establish an official SDG Cities Certification mechanism that recognizes the efforts and achievements of cities to accelerate the achievement of SDGs.

Outcomes and Impacts

Increased and equal access to basic services, sustainable mobility and public space (most indicators at outcome level measure institutional outcome), Increased and secure access to land and adequate and affordable housing, Effective settlements growth and regeneration, Improved spatial connectivity and productivity of cities and regions, Increased and equitably distributed locally generated revenues, Expanded deployment of frontier technologies and innovations for urban development, Reduced greenhouse emissions and improved air quality, Improved resource efficiency and protection of ecological assets, Effective adaptation of communities and infrastructure to climate change, Enhanced social integration and inclusive communities, Improved living standards and inclusion of migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees through effective crisis response and recovery, Enhanced resilience of the built environment and infrastructure, Resilience, Safety


Europe and Central Asia

Level of Activity

Local and Regional Government

Lead Entity

Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council

Key Dates

Start year: 9/13/2022

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development