CPI: A platform to measure Urban SDGs

CPI: A platform to measure Urban SDGs

UN-Habitat proposes that national governments and local authorities adopt the City Prosperity Initiative (CPI) as a global monitoring platform for all Sustainable Development Goals with an urban component. All countries will work towards implementing the 2030 Development Agenda at the local, regional, and global levels, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development, including national policies and priorities. By endorsing a stand-alone goal on cities (Goal 11), known as the ‘urban SDG’ –make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – the international community has recognized urbanization and city growth as a transformative force for development. This first-ever international agreement on urban-specific development acknowledges sustainable urban development as a fundamental precondition for sustainable development.

It is estimated that 23 percent of all SDGs indicators have a local or urban component, and can be measured at the local level, having a direct connection to urban policies, and a clear impact on cities and human settlements. This represents a great opportunity to advance the urban agenda, but also an immense challenge and cities need to be ready for this challenge. UN-Habitat has been supporting more than 400 cities across the world to monitor urban development including the proposed indicators and targets of Goal 11 through the City Prosperity Initiative.

The CPI Index is based on a sound statistical approach that integrates and measures all indicators of Goal 11 and a selected number of other SDG indicators to the different dimensions of shared prosperity and sustainability. The CPI has already been proven as a monitoring framework it has the necessary features to become a local and global platform. The CPI will offer the possibility to adopt a citywide approach to development beyond the sectorial nature of the SDG indicators and, at the same time, it will offer the possibility of individual disaggregation of indicators. It will also offer the possibility of computing city and country aggregated values.

Countries that decide to use the CPI will be able to identify, quantify, evaluate, monitor and report on progress made by cities and countries, towards the SDGs in a more structured manner.