The Prince's Foundation commit to engagement with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The Prince's Foundation joined together with representatives from the built environment professions to agree to better coordinate their engagement with the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development goals (SDG’s)[1].

The commitment was agreed at a roundtable attended by government, NGO’s and the built environment professions at a Policy Roundtable[2]at the RIBA on Monday 3rd July, as part of the RIBA’s inaugural International Week of events focused on the theme of delivering the UN’s New Urban Agenda. 

Hosted by the UK Built Environment Advisory Group[3], the roundtable included UN Habitat Executive Director, Dr Joan Clos together with representatives from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the British Council, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, the Prince’s International Sustainability Unit, the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, RIBA, RTPI, IStructE, ICE and RICS. Recognising the challenges created by climate change and the predicted growth in the world’s urban population by 2.5bn by 2050 the built environment institutes present agreed the need to better coordinate their response to the SDG's and undertook to review their current activity in order to identify potential areas for future collaboration. It was also agreed to help support foreign governments where possible in implementing the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. Speaking after the event, Dr Clos stated: "I welcome this initiative as recognition of the need for built environment professionals to engage more effectively with delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 11: 'To make cities safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable."

[1]On September 25th, 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable agenda new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

[2]The Roundtable formed part of the RIBA's international week, focused on the theme of delivering the New Urban Agenda, which was published and agreed to by governments including the UK at Habitat III in Quito towards the end of 2016. The New Urban Agenda seeks to create a framework for  achieving sustainable urban development in all countries and provides a vehicle for dialogue between  policy makers, built environment professionals and local communities.

[3] More about the UK Built Environment Advisory Group at