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UN Sustainable Development Goals

What are they and how does it affect you as a town planner


17 SDGs


The world is confronted with unprecedented challenges posed by climate change, high rates of poverty and inequality, unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, conflicts and more. 

The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to align efforts to achieve socially and environmentally sustainable development by 2030. They were adopted unanimously by 193 UN members in 2015.

There is a close correlation between the Sustainable Development Goals and the aims of the town planning profession. Planning can, and should play a key role in meeting the goals.


What is the RTPI doing?

We are currently developing online training on the SDG's for our members. To introduce the concept of the SDG's, how they align with national town planning policy across the four UK nations and how this is being interpreted at the local level.

We plan to publish this in early 2020.


How can you get involved?

We are looking for case studies where planners are leading the way in implenting the SDG's. We want to hear from planners in the public, private and voluntary sectors across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales about policy changes, plans, initiatives etc. that are working to implement the SDG's. We want to know why and how you are doing this. 


Please let us know by emailing us. We are interested in hearing about all projects - big or small, early days or well advanced. 


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