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SDG Localization in African Cities: The Crucible of the 2030 Agenda


Year published: 2022
Categories: Book Chapter
URL Link: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-95979-1_14

Author / Authors:

  • Susan Parnell



African cities are the crucible of SDG implementation, as they have the most to gain from advancing sustainability aspirations. Unsurprisingly therefore, some of the most interesting examples of SDG localization and implementation are now emerging from cities and towns from Cairo to Cape Town. This conclusion reflects on the contributions in this book and distills their learnings about sustainable practice and thought when viewed from the urban African frontier. The collection offers a range of local African experiences to nuance the way forward on the road to global sustainable development based on local ownership and adaptation of the 2030 Agenda to local priorities. As such, one of the most positive things the SDG process has made legible is the extent to which Africa matters in the overall urban conversation. If cities matter to sustainability, African cities matter more than most to our collective chances of realizing the SDGs globally.

Keywords - SDG localization, African cities, Agenda 2030, Agenda 2063


  • Book Chapter