Friday, Jul 23 2021
About London Sustainable Development Goals

About London Sustainable Development Goals

This online hub contains four main sections. Two of them address the static aspects (nodes): pieces of information and people. The other two address the dynamic aspects (links): processes and partnerships.


I. Tracking local SDG indicators

Our local SDG indicators and an analysis of each one of them using both quantitative and qualitative data, including examples of local challenges and initiatives. Plus, a library of the resources that shaped and inspired our work, including local community documents, international reports and analyses about the SDGs.


II. Co-creating a city-based indicator set

This section contains more information about the localization process, its findings and plans for improvement.

Localizing SDGs is not the parachuting of global goals into local context but linking local and regional government’s agendas with the global goals and empowering sub-national governments.

Emilia Saiz, Secretary General Of United Cities And Local Governments


III. From Network to Ecosystem

An overview of the local agents who are involved with the SDG framework and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In a network, we have a set of elements (people or organizations) that are connected and work with each other while still being perceived as separate and independent entities. In an ecosystem, each and every element is interdependent and the balance of the system is determined by the relationships among them.

We are, de facto, part of an ecosystem, whether we realized it or not. Models like Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics provide a robust description of this worldview.

Kate Raworth's Economic Model.


In London, Ontario we have an incredible number of people and organizations tackling issues in all the seventeen sustainable development goals. The SDG framework provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration and we want to promote the growing number of local champions and initiatives investing in raising awareness about the SDGs and creating an intentional ecosystem.

... if the SDGs are really going to shift our whole system onto a sustainable path, we need serious amounts of joined-up thinking that goes deeper to address underlying causes. Successfully delivering the SDGs requires a really strong systems approach. For organisations rising to the challenge, that means operating on three levels – [1] joining up with others’ efforts to achieve individual goals; [2] looking at the inter-relationships between all the goals; and finally [3] delivering the goals in a way that models the characteristics we need for a sustainable society.

Stephanie Draper

See more details about our local network/ecosystem.



A systems thinking approach to understand how the nodes (people, goals and projects) interact and influence each other.