In 2015, the United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary. The moment seemed appropriate for representatives of its constituent states, gathered at the Sustainable Development Summit held in New York, to adopt a new plan for world development until 2030 (AGENDA 2030). At that time, global sustainable development goals were developed, along with 169 tasks to be accomplished. At the same time, all member countries were encouraged to take action to implement these undertakings.
The goals presented by the UN are extremely ambitious and pose serious challenges for cities. On the one hand, they are a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals, especially in the areas that were not achieved at the time, and on the other hand, they have been prepared on the basis of the results of previous public consultations, with the involvement of many actors around the world whose voices focused on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable individuals. Last but not least, the goals were developed with respect for international law and are based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties and other policy documents.
– Katowice, as the host of the World Urban Forum (WUF11), will already be engaged in a discussion on the problems of contemporary cities next year. The analysis of Katowice’s activities on many levels: social, economic and environmental, carried out by us in 2020 in terms of the seventeen sustainable development goals, has helped us to identify those areas which will be worth talking about during the WUF, says Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice.
Last year, the City of Katowice shared the results of its work with the inhabitants. The campaign, which lasted several weeks, informed about Katowice’s implementation of seventeen sustainable development goals. First, billboards appeared in the city space, whose content directed Katowice’s citizens’ attention towards the directions of development indicated by the UN.
Next, an installation decorated with green elements and made of recycled materials was placed in Katowice’s main square, presenting the city’s activities. It was complemented by a second, slightly smaller one, located in the shop window of the building at 13 Market Square, which was updated in parallel to the activities undertaken at the market.
The campaign was also conducted online. In social media and on this website, using the logotype and icons dedicated to the project, successive Sustainable Development Goals were presented together with information on how Katowice is meeting the challenges set by the UN.
In addition, each of the entities in the city implementing specific sustainable development goals had the opportunity to receive a special dedicated label informing about their involvement in the activities identified by the UN as a priority in global development, which they could stick in a visible place. Interested parties can still receive the label. Details