In July, New York will become the world’s first city to publish its progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. It will report to the United Nations the status of its efforts to reach the 17 benchmarks set out to address poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The report, known as a Voluntary Local Review, will be published in July during the High-Level Political Forum at the UN headquarters in New York City.
New York is leading the way in encouraging transparency in matters of sustainability, by choosing to actively share its strategies and successes with other cities and nations across the world.
This is an example of leadership in both sharing methods, ideas and best practice towards the SDGs, and in proactive transparency.
It raises the question of the role of globals cities, as well as nations, in achieving the SDGs. Will it prompt other cities to step up?