As one of the first cities Germany-wide, the City of Bonn signed the model resolution of the German Association of Cities and Towns on Agenda 2030 and adopted a comprehensive Sustainability Strategy in 2019. Bonn's Mayor Ashok Sridharan, who is also President of the international city network ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, says: "This strategy is Bonn’s roadmap to systematically steer our actions towards sustainability in line with Agenda 2030. With the local report we now want to show where we stand in terms of implementing the SDGs. Concrete figures and trends illustrate our current situation in Bonn, create transparency and help us to set the right course for a sustainable future".
Central role of cities in implementing Agenda 2030
Cities have a special role to play in implementing SDGs. A study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has shown that more than 65 percent of all sub-goals of SDGs cannot be achieved without the participation of cities. In 2018, the City of New York has therefore launched an initiative to encourage sustainability reporting of cities to the United Nations. In the meantime, more than 200 cities worldwide have joined this movement, including the City of Bonn in 2020. A good 20 have already submitted reports on their local situation.
"This publication shows how Bonn is concretely setting out on the path to a fairer and more sustainable society. At the same time, it also highlights the role that cities should play in addressing current global challenges," affirms Marina Ponti, Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign based in Bonn, adding: "I congratulate the City of Bonn on the publication of this report, which underlines the City' s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Report on six municipal fields of action
The structure of the Bonn VLR follows the systematics of the City of Bonn's municipal Sustainability Strategy. It was adopted in February 2019 with the aim of initially implementing the SDGs in six municipal fields of action: Mobility, Climate and Energy, Natural Resources, Work and Economy, Social Participation and Gender Equality, and Global Responsibility and One World. On the basis of 46 indicators, the report illustrates the developments in these areas and shows the extent to which they are relevant for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Bonn. The VLR Report thus links for the first time the City of Bonn's long-standing sustainability reporting with the goals the City set itself with the Sustainability Strategy adopted in 2019.
Mayor Sridharan will present the report to an international audience at the Daring Cities Conference on 7 October 2020, hosted in a virtual format this year by the international city network ICLEI.
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