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Sustainable development of communities: ISO 37120 and UN goals

Suane A. Moschen (Graduate Program in Business Administration, Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Caxias do Sul, Brazil)
Janaina Macke (Graduate Program in Business Administration, Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Caxias do Sul, Brazil)
Suélen Bebber (Graduate Program in Business Administration, Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Caxias do Sul, Brazil)
Marcelo Benetti Correa da Silva (Graduate Program in Business Administration, Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Caxias do Sul, Brazil)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The aims of this study is to put on the agenda discussions concerning the approach of sustainable goals and indicators, in terms of how they relate to each other and how to list their importance within a network of contemporary city management. From the millennium objectives experience, UN has launched the continuity of the development program, through the sustainable development goals (SDG), which have the purpose of giving support to local and regional governments for the 2030 agenda in local sphere. In the city context, sustainable development has also been approached in regulations, like ISO 37120: 2017 “Sustainable development of communities: Indicators for city services and quality of life”. These instruments have in common the concern of offering parameters of public services to citizens and promoting in a uniform manner both social and economic growth of the urban environment.

Design/methodology/approach

The present study aims to compare these two sustainable development tools by means of a documentary analysis and to analyze the feasibility of the proposed indicators and their qualitative evaluation goals to improve citizens’ quality of life.

Findings

The results suggest that the main urban challenges are related to unplanned urban growth and poor-quality public services, which generate a lack of commitment to enforce laws and to achieve sustainable development goals.

Originality/value

The study establishes bases for guiding the discussion to support managers and investors decisions to promote paradigm changes in the citizens’ life and in the way cities are planned.

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Citation

Moschen, S.A., Macke, J., Bebber, S. and Benetti Correa da Silva, M. (2019), "Sustainable development of communities: ISO 37120 and UN goals", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 20 No. 5, pp. 887-900. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-01-2019-0020

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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