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Assistant Professor at APS delivered presentation at the United Nations Tenth World Urban Forum

Dr Kris Hartley, assistant professor at the Department of Asian and Policy Studies, delivered a presentation titled “Global Goals, Global Cities: Achieving the SDGs through Collective Local Action” at the United Nations Tenth World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi UAE on 10 February 2020. His address was based on his recent policy report about the Sustainable Development Goals published by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where Kris has served as a Nonresident Fellow for Global Cities since 2015.

The United Nations World Urban Forum is held every two years, bringing together a large number of mayors, urban policymakers, NGOs, companies, and academics from around the world. This year’s forum was attended by over 18,000 people. The panel on which Kris served convened experts from academia and practice to discuss new analysis on city diplomacy and building capacity to manage international strategies, and addressed how cities have integrated the SDGs into their city plans.

For the full report, please visit:

From left:

  • Professor Eugenie Birch, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair Urban Research and Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr Kris Hartley, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Policy Studies, Education University of Hong Kong
  • Ms Juliana Kerr, Director, Global Cities, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Dr Mauricio Rodas, Former Mayor, Quito, Ecuador
  • Ms Nina Hachigian, Deputy Mayor of International Affairs, City of Los Angeles, USA
  • Ms Alice Charles, Project Lead, Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Services Platform, World Economic Forum
  • Professor Michele Acuto, Professor of Global Urban Politics, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne