The Connected Cities Lab is working with the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia and Banksia Foundation to identify the best approach for cities to deliver on the SDGs through a new participatory action research project.

The participant cities in the SDGs Cities Challenge have worked to develop their own response to localising the SDGs, while developing solutions and implementation plans for a key urban SDGs target. Solutions have been developed via a collaborative process, using knowledge and practical expertise from academia, business, civil society and local government. This process has offered each city the opportunity to take meaningful steps towards the creation of an implementation plan for their challenge, and/or a Voluntary Local Review (VLR) aligned to the SDGs.

This work was presented at the SDGs Cities Challenge Symposium, and delegates had the opportunity to participate in discussions and deliberations as these cities prepared their responses to the SDGs.

The SDGs Cities Challenge linking cities with urban experts in academia, business, civil society and local government is a structured process of co-design. This process has created innovative approaches for cities to accelerate action towards the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on SDG 11: To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, using an initiative or project to which they are already committed.

Learn more about the cities in this trailer video or at the links below.

ABP Symposium – Introducing the SDGs City Challenge Participants