Localizing SDGs through SURM

This self-paced eLearning course was developed for those who want to learn more about how to localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to sustainably manage natural resources in cities.
The course purpose is to support cities in their actions to localize the SDGs through Sustainable Urban Resource Management (SURM) and the objectives are to:

  • Strengthen capacities by supporting understanding of the processes and benefits of collaborative governance, integrated analysis and planning, and evidence-based decision-making;
  • Make guidelines and tools available to mainstream and accelerate adoption of the SDGs into local action in the area of urban resource management; and
  • Provide support for implementing urban resource management projects through step-by-step building blocks on how to co-plan sustainable urban resource management.

Abstract

This eLearning course was developed for the "Integrating the SDGs into Local Action in Support of the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific" project by UN ESCAP in partnership with UN-Habitat. The project aims to strengthen local government and key urban stakeholders’ capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda in the area of urban resource management by supporting the processes of collaborative and adaptive urban governance through multi-stakeholder coalitions, integrated analysis and planning through systems approaches, and evidence-based decision-making using data, information, analysis and dissemination. UN ESCAP and UN-Habitat invited secondary cities and towns in Asia and the Pacific to join the project through a Call for Expression of Interest and five pilot cities were chosen through a competitive process. The cities are Battambang (Cambodia), Naga City (Philippines), Nadee (Thailand), Nasinu (Fiji), and Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia). This course was developed to ensure knowledge, learning resource and lesson learned gathered during the course of the project and across pilot cities could be shared with other cities in Asia and the Pacific and to facilitate local government capacity building on the topic of sustainable urban resource management. For more information on the project and view all our resources and publications please visit our website: https://www.unescap.org/projects/da11.