NYC Mayor Links SDGs to Blueprint for City’s Future

‘A City with Global Goals,’ produced by the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, illustrates the connections between the SDGs and the visions, goals, initiatives and targets of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ‘One New York: The Plan for a Just and Strong City'.

The New York City Mayor’s Office introduced UN Member States to two initiatives, a publication on harmonizing the SDGs with local development in New York City, and ‘One New York,’ the blueprint for NYC’s future. The Plan (OneNYC), which was launched in April 2015, focuses on four interdependent visions: growth, equity, sustainability and resiliency. The representatives also introduced ‘A City with Global Goals,’ which illustrates the connections between the SDGs and the visions, goals, initiatives and targets of ‘One New York.’

  • Vision 1 of OneNYC says that NYC will “continue to be the world’s most dynamic urban economy, where families, businesses, and neighborhoods thrive.” The Office noted that the related initiatives and programmes address SDGs 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 3 (good health and well-being), 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 8, 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure), 10 (reduced inequalities), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 13 (climate action).
  • Vision 2 (‘New York City will have an inclusive, equitable economy that offers well-paying jobs and opportunity for all New Yorkers to live with dignity and security’) includes the City’s initiatives and programs on : Early Childhood; Integrated Government and Social Services; Healthy Neighborhoods, Active Living; Healthcare Access; Criminal Justice Reform; and Vision Zero. Vision 2 addresses targets under SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, and 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions).
  • Vision 3 (‘New York City will be the most sustainable big city in the world and a global leader in the fight against climate change’) is comprised of initiatives and programs related to: Zero Waste; Air Quality Brownfields; Water Management; and Parks and Natural Resources. Vision 3 is paired with SDGs 1, 2, 3, 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7, 10, 11, 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13, 14 (life below water), and 15 (life on land).
  • Vision 4 (‘Our neighborhoods, economy, and public services will be ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats’) includes programs and initiatives for: Neighborhoods; Buildings; Infrastructure; and Coastal Defense. Vision 4 is paired with SDGs 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 14.