On Tuesday, July 12th, WCCD President and CEO Dr. Patricia McCarney was invited by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to speak at the Measure What Matters meeting in London, UK.
The Prince, well-known for his concern for the environment and sustainability, invited Dr. McCarney to discuss the world’s progress in achieving the recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"Only one of the 17 SDGs – goal 11 – is directly related to cities,” Dr. McCarney stated, “but most of the SDG’s involve cities, because the majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas. City metrics are really at the core of success for countries reporting on the SDGs. All of the other goals – whether on air quality, quality of transport, quality of livability in public spaces, energy goals – are very much driven by cities, so we have mapped all 17 goals – not just goal 11.”
Since the publication of the SDGs in 2015, the World Council on City Data has been promoting ISO 37120 as a tool for SDG measurement, as reported by the Huffington Post and Cities Today.
In addition to the Prince’s invitation to speak at the forum, Dr. McCarney was invited to sit on the international advisory board for Measure What Matters as one of a select group of leaders from international agencies, global corporations and think tanks.