Cities will be central to getting the SDGs back on track. Their proximity to local businesses, residents, and civil society also means they are uniquely placed to mobilise collective action towards the SDGs. But 70% of OECD cities have still not achieved more than two SDGs.
Lorenz Gross is a Junior Economist/Policy Analyst in the Sustainable Development and Global Relations Unit in the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division at the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE). He has contributed to national and subnational policy dialogues on the localisation of the SDGs in cities and regions in various OECD countries and beyond, as well as projects on decentralised development cooperation. Previously, he worked for a German think-tank analysing socio-economic trends.
Walking the talk: Can the SDGs help support the COVID-19 recovery in cities and regions?
In times of a global pandemic, war and rising instability, how do we get back on track to good health, peace and resilience? The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offers a solid route, but we need to step up action.