4th World Congress on United Cities and Local Government calls for single sustainable development agenda

Read below extracts on post-2015 from the Rabat Declaration following the 4th World Congress on United Cities and Local Government (UCLG), held in Morocco from 1-4th October 2013.The UCLG’s mission is to “represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage”. This year’s theme was “Imagine Society, Build Democracy”.

The declaration calls for a single sustainable development agenda, which would include goals for sustainable urban development. It also urges the framework to “localise” goals, targets and indicators.

“Build one single Global Agenda for Sustainable Development Post-2015

28. We call for one single Global Agenda for Sustainable Development Post 2015, bringing together the objectives of eliminating extreme poverty and contributing to prosperity and sustainable development;

29. We consider the reduction of inequalities, the improvement of cohesion and cooperation between territories, and the promotion of governance and local democracy are key elements of this agenda. The right to the city, inclusion, equality, access to essential services, decent work, adequate housing, culture, and a balanced environment are essential elements in the sustainable future for all;

30. The new agenda should furthermore include specific goals for Sustainable Urban Development. We assert that in order to increase the possibility of success, the Post 2015 Development Agenda should further advance in the “localisation” of its goals, targets and indicators, and provide the necessary means to ensure their implementation;

31. We, local and regional authorities the world over, undersign this declaration with renewed ambitions for the work that our movement must promote for the next 100 years and starting now in the streets of our villages, cities and towns.”

Click here to read the full declaration.

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