The Barcelona City Council creates a commission to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

13/01/2020 - 13:24 h


A cross-cutting commission is being set up to embrace the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.

A cross-cutting commission made up of thirty representatives from all government areas will be working towards the commitment to embracing the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out in the 2030 Agenda and applying them to all municipal policies.

The commitment is an essential part of the fight to combat climate change and offers an opportunity to make a more sustainable city, able to generate wealth to combat inequalities and respectful towards the environment, ensuring a future for generations to come.

The commission, chaired by the Third Deputy Mayor, Laia Bonet, will work on the strategy to implement the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals based around the following:

  • Localisation: What the goals and the 169 challenges involve for the city.
  • Evaluation: What the current situation is and the evolution of Barcelona in relation to the established objectives.
  • Innovation: Proposals for innovative policies to evolve positively and make good the commitment.

An Academic Advisory Board will also be set up to assess the strategy and a city board made up of organisations, professional guilds and companies will help implement the 2030 Agenda.

Public participation will be based on the Municipal Action Plan (PAM).

What is the 2030 Agenda?

The 2030 Agenda is the result of a broad-reaching agreement reached by the 193 UN member states on 25 September 2015. It sets out seventeen sustainable development goals in the environmental, social, economic and institutional spheres.

The 2030 Agenda sets out the goals and action needed by humanity to manage economic globalisation form a perspective of peace, justice and sustainability, through transformational policies allowing cities, towns and villages to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Barcelona has been involved in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda from the outset, strengthening its solid track-record of participatory strategic planning in environmental sustainability and social inclusion. It has also furthered its international vocation, seeking alliances with other cities to tackle climate change, the refugee crisis, the reduction of inequalities and other shared challenges.