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Effective Implementation, Monitoring and Financing of Goal 11 (2018 HLPF Side Event)
12 Jul 2018 -  Cities are increasingly recognized as agents of positive change; by bringing people, their ideas, resources and cultures together in concentrated spatial settings, cities generate economies of agglomeration which in turn can yield interlinked outcomes in areas of economy, energy, environment, science, technology and social development. The better they are planned, built, governed and connected, the more effectively they are able to deliver these outcomes and serve as catalysts for inclusion and powerhouses of equitable economic growth.

SDG 11, the goal on cities, connects and localises most of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Understanding the interdependence across the development goals is key to enhancing policy coherence in order to achieve sustainable development. Effective implementation, monitoring and financing of SDG 11 is thus grounded on the understanding of its relationship with other goals and targets of the global agendas, ensuring the inclusion of all people, locations, and urban conditions so that no one, and no place, is left behind.