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Copenhagen welcomes the UN SDG’S and looks forward to the realization of the goals both locally and globally

Copenhagen welcomes the UN SDG’S

The City of Copenhagen’s action plan for the UN SDG’s contains an overview of the city’s current contribution to the realization of the goals as well as a plan for the municipality’s strategic anchoring of the SDG’s in its work going forward. Developing action plans as the civil level is voluntary, but essential if the UN’s 2030 agenda is to be realized. It is the first time that non-state actors such as cities, regions, institutions and companies have been encouraged to take the lead in sustainable development. This is also why the 17 SDGs and the 169 targets can be adapted to local contexts.

The City of Copenhagen’s action plan is a contribution to the global discourse on operationalizing the SDGs at the city level in relation to social, economic and environmental sustainability as well as the first sod in the city’s long-term work with the goals.

The City of Copenhagen welcomes the UN SDGs and looks forward to contributing to their realization, locally in Copenhagen as well as globally! 

The SDGs are to be applied to the Copenhagen context

The City of Copenhagen already contributes significantly to the sustainability agenda. The city’s existing policies and strategies all contain ambitious goals in relation to all 17 SDGs, and we are well on our way to achieving them. The climate plan’s goal of a CO2-neutral Copenhagen by 2025, and the goal to ensure that 95% of young people obtain a post-secondary education or higher education, are just two examples. International studies such as the Sustainable Solutions Network’s “SDG Index Report” also point towards Denmark being one of the countries with the best prospects for contributing to the realization of the SDGs before 2030.

Copenhagen is helping realize the goals through large parts of the city’s political and administrative efforts as well as abroad trough city partnerships such as C40. The aim is to find ways to make the world’s metropolises more sustainable. These partnerships allow Copenhagen to spread its local solutions to cities around the world. The City of Copenhagen is not only striving to become one of the most sustainable cities in the world; it must also be one of the cities that has the highest impact on making the world more sustainable. 

What do the 17 SDGs mean to cities?

70% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050. A sustainable world therefore starts with sustainable cities. All 17 SDGs are relevant to metropolises, and with Goal 11 on sustainable cities, the world’s cities have been given a key role in achieving the goals by 2030. This applies not least to Denmark, which is at the forefront when it comes to decentralization. No less than 64 % of public expenditure is administrated by municipalities and regions, which places Denmark in third place globally in terms of economic decentralization according to the OECD.

The City of Copenhagen looks forward to working together with other Danish municipalities, regions and the Danish government on the SDGs. Copenhagen aims to work together with global metropolises, sharing solutions and inspiring efforts to realize the overarching goal on a more sustainable world by 2030. 

Read the City of Copenhagen’s action plan.

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