SDG Cities Faith Implementation Partner

Source of Action
World Urban Forum
2022 - 2025
Last Updated
27 March 2023


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.

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, Enhanced resilience of the built environment and infrastructure, Resilience

Lead Entity

World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)

Key Dates

Start year: 8/1/2022

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 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 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