The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations General Assembly set in motion a tremendously complex and wide-ranging set of processes that will stretch human ingenuity to its limits. The SDGs outline a comprehensive global agenda and set ambitious social, environmental, political and environmental targets. They are the culmination of a lengthy consultative process that involved innumerable governmental and non-state organisations, and many of those same organisations are now developing strategies for achieving the SDGs.
The sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) took place on Oct. 19-21 in Jakarta. This meeting, organized every four to five years through the UN, was hosted by the government of Indonesia and brought together policymakers and practitioners to discuss emerging and critical urban development issues.