Recently, world leaders gathered in New York to commit to the new sustainable development goals. For the first time, a specifically urban goal is among the 17 goals to be achieved by 2030. This goal is to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. It reflects growing recognition that human development depends...
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Thought this was a fine example of how cities, in any country, can adopt sustainabilty practices. The article, from the on-line magazine Quartz, looks specifically at cities in Africa.
It cites the example of Ghana, and the city of Accra in particular. Here a World Bank reports links urbanisation, productivity and poverty reduction.
Looking at Ghana's growth between 1984 and the present day, the article reflects on how over this period their GDP has averaged 5.7 percent, with industrial and service employent increasing by 21 percent. The city of Accra has achieved, it is claimed, a 20% reduction in poverty.
We do not hear enough, I would argue, about the economic and social successes being achieved in Africa. With the UN recently publishing its sustainable development goals for achievement by 2030, perhaps Africa's time is now here?
You can see the Development Goals 2015 on this web page:
You can see the World Bank data and report mentioned in the article here: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2015/05/24477568/rising-through-cities-ghana-urbanization-review-overview-report