City WORKS is a web-based toolkit that aims to support cities and local actors in the implementation of global agendas. It seeks to enable urban stakeholders in realising, analysing and tackling the implications of global agendas in their specific context and according to their needs.
In 2015 and 2016, the global community adopted five agendas that are vital for sustainable development: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Adopted and ratified by national governments, these global agendas need to be implemented by all levels to be effective. This puts cities under pressure, as they need to align their activities with global agendas, yet often lack the necessary support to do so – be it knowledge products, resources and capacities or political backing by national governments. Therefore, actors at the local level need guidance to support them in implementing global agendas in cities in an integrated manner.
The toolkit City WORKS addresses these local needs and provides a process-oriented approach for the integrated implementation of global agendas at the local level. It is designed around the universal principle of the 2030 Agenda to ‘Leave No One Behind’ and broadens it to the principle of ‘Leave No Place Behind’. By providing the necessary process guidance, information and tools, City WORKS supports cities and municipal actors to:
- recognise the relevance of global agendas, e.g. the SDGs, for their local development,
- analyse and identify the specific needs for action at city level,
- develop and prioritise clear options for action (urban development projects and programmes) and
- identify and mobilise relevant actors and resources for implementation