Global Vision | Urban Action

Global Vision | Urban Action

In September 2015, world leaders gathered at the United Nations to commit to 17 goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and prevent the harmful effects of climate change by 2030. Called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or global goals, they apply to all countries, including the United States.

These same goals were reflected in the thinking of Mayor de Blasio in April 2015 when he launched OneNYC, a groundbreaking sustainable development plan that charts a path forward to lifting 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty, expanding access to nutritious and affordable food, and ensuring that those on the front lines of climate change — often the most vulnerable New Yorkers — are protected.

Through Global Vision | Urban Action, the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs is using the SDGs to share NYC’s innovations in sustainability with cities and countries around the world and learn from them as well.

We are organizing site visits, UN events, and panel discussions so participants can see the global goals in action and learn from each other about the successes and challenges they face.

Learn more about NYC’s activities:

Site Visits
Events at the UN
Panel Discussions

Read about the connection between NYC’s sustainable development plan, OneNYC, and the global goals through A City with Global Goals.

In July 2018, NYC became the first city in the world to report to the UN on local progress toward the global Sustainable Development Goals through our Voluntary Local Review. Learn more here.
During the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019, New York City launched the Voluntary Local Review (VLR) Declaration for local and regional governments worldwide to formally commit to report their local progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more here.


Please contact the Mayor's Office for International Affairs at 212-319-9300 or e-mail the Office with any questions about Global Vision | Urban Action.