Sustainable Development Goals

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The L.A. SDGs project demonstrates the many ways in which the global political economy can drive change and innovation on multidimensional issues at the municipal level, as well as how cities can play a role in mobilizing efforts from the bottom-up to influence global policy across a wide range of policy issues.

Since February 2018, the John Parke Young Initiative at Occidental College has partnered with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to localize and adopt the 2015 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to better reflect and address the needs and priorities of the L.A. community. The L.A. SDGs project demonstrates the many ways in which the global political economy can drive change and innovation on multidimensional issues at the municipal level, as well as how cities can play a role in mobilizing efforts from the bottom-up to influence global policy across a wide range of policy issues.

Through this partnership, students have had the opportunity to not only investigate the broad dimensions of sustainable development and its many stakeholders at the global level but also to articulate these nuances to inform city policy and community action.

Click here for a keynote address by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Los Angeles' partnership with Occidental to advance the SDGs.

Click here to view Implementing the Local SDGs in Los Angeles with Erin Bromaghim at the Cross-Cutting Global Conversations on Human Rights Workshop at Occidental College.