Casa Fluminense, as a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) through its partnership with GIZ and in the context of the Solutions Initiative project, presents this Book of Experiences to government officials, private sector and civil society actors, as part of a series of efforts to disseminate and advance the debate on and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in metropolitan areas. The present work offers an overview of actions being implemented in different metropolitan areas around Brazil on the path towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), with the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area as a starting point.

This publication expands our understanding on urban development issues, showing how they span beyond municipal boundaries, and the importance of examining the implementation of the SDGs from a metropolitan perspective, taking into consideration the local, state, and national policies that affect regional development. These actions are being carried out by government officials, civil society, and the private sector. This way, the SDGs function as a methodology for directing multiple efforts towards sustainable development, by consolidating targets and indicators to set common goals among all stakeholders.

The Book is organized into three chapters that gather innovative experiences and offer a method that can be applied and disseminated. The first chapter introduces the significance of the Sustainable Development Goals and their urban dimension, as well as our purpose in bringing together all these experiences of localization of the 2030 Agenda. The second chapter presents how the SDGs are being localized and monitored in the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area and beyond, by presenting data collection and analysis methodologies for monitoring SDG targets. The final chapter presents how these methodologies are being implemented by various actors and how they can influence public policy decisions and function as a tool for promoting metropolitan cooperation, as well as opportunities and challenges faced by the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area and the whole of Brazil regarding sustainable urban development. Finally, it offers some recommendations, including the proposal of creating a Metropolitan Observatory for the SDGs (MetrODS).


Understanding cities’ challenges in light of the Agenda Rio 2030 Sustainable Development Goals is an opportunity to call for the responsibility of public managers, civil society and private companies. In the third chapter of the Book which is about advocacy, we suggest six steps to achieve the territorialization, implementation and monitoring of SDGs in metropolitan regions to face these challenges.


The Book brings together 30 different experiences that indicate practical ways to reach the 2030 Agenda, both those explicitly aligned to the SDGs, and those that support public policies and actions that work towards achievement of the 2030 Agenda. The experiences presented here are divided in different categories: those that are aligned with the SDGs, but not yet aligned with the metropolitan scale; those that operate at the metropolitan scale to implement its sustainable development actions, but which have not incorporated SDGs into their work; and those that promote actions aligned with the 2030 Agenda and implement them at the metropolitan scale.

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