3 publications in total
October 01, 2016
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the 11th goal particularly relevant to cities. SDG 11 commits the world to making “cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” Building on the SDGs, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) adopted at the 2016 Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, sets out a 20-year road map for the sustainable urban development of cities and municipalities. The document focuses on improving residents’ social, cultural, and environmental well-being.
Dortmund has transformed from a major industrial city into the “green metropolis” of Germany’s Westphalia region. Following World War II and the closure of major coal mines and steel plants, the city undertook a major sustainable redevelopment project which led to marked improvements to municipal water management and sustainable design. The results of this case study show that cities caught in antiquated infrastructure or modes of living may find success in adopting more sustainable practices.
The study “Operationalizing the Urban NEXUS” is founded on pioneering experiences from cities all over the world that have recognized the crucial interlinkages between sectors such as water, energy and food – now commonly understood as the “Water-Energy-Food security NEXUS” .