The Rio Sustainable Cities Initiative recognizes that comprehensive sustainable urban development necessitates local and national cooperation. Holistic planning cannot be confined to local boundaries. This is particularly important as cities strive to achieve the urban sustainable development goal (SDG 11), to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Launched by SDSN Brazil and GIZ, the Solution Initiative “Sustainable Development of Metropolitan Regions”, aims to work with key stakeholders across the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area (RJMA) and other metropolitan regions throughout Brazil, to examine possible solutions for local implementation of the SDGs, through inclusive dialogue, establishing metropolitan cooperation structures, and supporting contextualized monitoring of the SDGs.
The goal is to translate the global SDGs in local action, clearly demonstrating the process of localizing the SDGs, aligning the monitoring and review framework to local structures, as well as systematizing local findings in a comparative framework.
The Solutions Initiative has helped to spark an important discussion in Brazil between different levels of government on how to achieve sustainable development. These discussions have explored metropolitan governance structures (both formal and informal) as a fundamental base for SDG implementation, and the localization of SDG monitoring in metropolitan regions, focusing on how to institutionalize the SDGs into existing planning frameworks, the role of civil society in monitoring, and the use of data and indices to monitor progress towards the SDGs.
Results of the Solutions Initiative are being recorded in a manual, being developed in partnership with Casa Fluminense, a local Rio-based NGO. The manual aims to use the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area as a practical example to illustrate how the process of local SDG contextualization, data gathering, and monitoring can be systematized. The Solutions Initiative aims to serve as inspiration to other metropolitan regions throughout Latin America and the world facing similar problems, by disseminating lessons learned from the Brazilian context.