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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(12), 464; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7120464

How to Contextualize SDG 11? Looking at Indicators for Sustainable Urban Development in Germany

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Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW, 10318 Berlin, Germany
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HelmholtzCentre for Environmental Research—UFZ GmbH, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
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Received: 29 August 2018 / Revised: 22 November 2018 / Accepted: 26 November 2018 / Published: 29 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geo-Information and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs))
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Abstract

Agenda 2030 pursues a universal approach and identifies countries in the Global South and in the Global North that are in need of transformation toward sustainability. Therefore, countries of the Global North such as Germany have signed the commitment to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the SDGs need to be “translated” to the specific national context. Existing sustainability indicators and monitoring and reporting systems need to be adjusted as well. Our paper evaluates how three different initiatives translated SDG 11 (“Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable”) to the German context, given the specific role of cities in contributing to sustainable development. These initiatives included the official ‘National Sustainable Development Strategy’ of the German Government, a scientific initiative led by the ‘German Institute for Urban Affairs’, and a project carried out by the ‘Open Knowledge Foundation’, a non-governmental organization (NGO). This article aims to analyze how global goals addressing urban developments are contextualized on a national level. Our findings demonstrate that only a few of the original targets and indicators for SDG 11 are used in the German context; thus, major adjustments have been made according to the main sustainability challenges identified for Germany. Furthermore, our results show that the current contextualization of SDG 11 and sustainable urban development in Germany are still ongoing, and more changes and commitments need to be made. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals; Agenda 2030; indicators; urban development; urban sustainability transformations; cities Sustainable Development Goals; Agenda 2030; indicators; urban development; urban sustainability transformations; cities
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Koch, F.; Krellenberg, K. How to Contextualize SDG 11? Looking at Indicators for Sustainable Urban Development in Germany. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 464.

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