2018 National Planning Conference

Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198080

Location: 2009

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  • Apply sustainability lessons from around the world.
  • Understand the metrics of implementing the Urban SDG.
  • Engage the public, students, and fellow planners in discussion on the variety of ways planning can empower, enable, and elevate social equity.


The Sustainable Development Goals guide development and promote good planning. An Urban Goal was included for the first time. Learn how cities are implementing the SDGs, the New Urban Agenda and how their metrics can improve your local planning. Panelists from the Global Planners Network provide insights in building inclusive, safe and sustainable cities and human settlements.
Proposed targets include cultural heritage, housing, basic services, transport, urban planning, energy efficiency, disaster resilience, and safe public spaces among others. Without adequate urban planning, it will be extremely difficult and prohibitively expensive to address key issues such as water, health, education, and employment.
Our members will benefit from the knowledge and the outcomes that established the New Urban Agenda. Implementation of the SDGs presents APA and its partners with a rare opportunity to tell the planning story and advocate the planners’ role in our rapidly urbanizing world and at home.

Session Speakers

Stephanie K. Firestone
Rockville, MD

Jeffrey L. Soule, FAICP
American Planning Association
Washington, DC

Eleanor Mohammed
Canadian Institute of Planners
Beaumont, 01

Dyan E. Currie
Commonwealth Association of Planners
Brisbane, 04

Richard B. Stephens
Beaverton, OR