Strategy to drive the 2030 Agenda in the cityThe 2030 Agenda will be at the heart of municipal policies, with a new strategy to guarantee sustainable development goals are achieved in environmental, social and economic realms by adapting them to a new local action plan. Three main areas of action have been established to achieve this: the City Council, the city and the international sphere.
In the City Council
Measures will be applied to analyse the 169 goals set out in the 2030 Agenda, and to identify which ones are directly connected with the city. This will enable the city’s own Barcelona 2030 Agenda to be created, with the goals that need to be met by 2030.
All municipal activity, such as the Municipal Action Programme 2020-2023, will be linked to the sustainable development goals. In this respect, the 2,300 million euros set out in the municipal budget for expenditure will be entirely in line with 2030 Agenda to ensure it is met, with annual evaluations of how far the goals are being achieved.
There will also be specific measures to improve ordinary municipal management, with work spaces and two specific bodies to be set up: the Internal Commission for Promoting and Achieving the 2030 Agenda and the Academic Advisory Board for the 2030 Agenda.
In the city
The government measure identifies the involvement of citizens and the social network as key factors. To this end, a communication plan will be created to inform all city stakeholders, as well as a plan to involve municipal staff. At the same time, participatory processes will be held for the public and a board set up involving entities and businesses which represent the city. The city is also looking to back A2030 certification among municipal providers, showing they comply with the 2030 Agenda.
Barcelona wants to spearhead the implementation of the 2030 Agenda among European cities and the world, becoming an example for achieving the 17 sustainable development goals. To this end, a workgroup for cities is to be set up to drive and assess the 2030 Agenda measures.
Work will go into attracting big international events linked to the 2030 Agenda and promoting good practice, as well as complying with the criteria for collaborative public-private contracts.
Municipal polices fundamental for achieving the goals
Experts affirm that over 65% of the sustainable development goals depend on the involvement of urban and local stakeholders. Consequently, municipal policies play a key role in achieving the goals.
This government measure was approved by the Full Council meeting for January. To find out more about the 2030 Agenda in the city, go to barcelona.cat/agenda2030 or follow the Twitter account @BCN_Agenda2030.