City-to-City Peer Learning to Accelerate Localization of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda

This policy brief presents challenges and experiences of
different cities and the possible strategies to accelerate the
achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and
the New Urban Agenda as stipulated in the United Nations
decade of action, to be addressed globally, locally and by the
people. They are based on findings of
two comparative projects undertaken by Mistra Urban Futures,
an international research centre on urban sustainability
through a network of city platforms providing neutral “safe”
spaces for experimentation to support
the implementation of SDG at local levels. This raises the
importance of “knowledge co-production” by bringing
in flexibility to fit in different situations and ensures local
ownership and legitimacy of outcomes making them more

This policy brief is a result of the ICLD Local Democracy Academy 2020