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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1707; doi:10.3390/su9101707

Urban Food Systems Strategies: A Promising Tool for Implementing the SDGs in Practice

Urban Systems Lab, The New School, New York, NY 10003, USA
An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Fourth International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, 21–22 September 2016.
Received: 19 July 2017 / Revised: 18 September 2017 / Accepted: 19 September 2017 / Published: 23 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs))
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Abstract

The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the transition from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), heralds an important turn in global sustainability policy. With implementation now taking place in all countries, regardless of GDP, a key question is how affluent governments in large metropolitan areas can effectively contribute to global sustainable development. This paper argues that urban food systems strategies—a relatively new tool in local policymaking in the Global North—have the potential to amplify and consolidate national and international efforts in this direction and facilitate a more synergistic approach to SDG implementation. An in-depth comparative analysis of the 2030 Agenda and the sustainable food systems strategies of five of the ten largest cities in North America—New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto—helps to uncover key gaps and areas of convergence between goals, objectives, and evaluation frameworks. Goal- and indicator-level analyses cast light on promising areas for cross-jurisdictional cooperation and suggest that, while not without limitations, urban food systems strategies offer manifold pathways to streamline global, national, and local implementation efforts and effectively forward the 2030 Agenda over the next decade. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban food strategies; local food systems; cities; sustainable development; SDGs; indicators; implementation; comparative analysis urban food strategies; local food systems; cities; sustainable development; SDGs; indicators; implementation; comparative analysis
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Ilieva, R.T. Urban Food Systems Strategies: A Promising Tool for Implementing the SDGs in Practice . Sustainability 2017, 9, 1707.

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