Metropolitan Cities and Provinces at the Pinnacle of Sustainable Development

Human development and sustainable development are INGEV’s core areas of work. After various preliminary analyses, we determined that the human development index we prepared for districts could be developed in a way that could also measure sustainable development for provinces.

After a year of intensive data collection, processing, and indexing, a large team, with Prof. Murat Şeker as the academic coordinator, prepared the HDI/SDG index report. Thus, for the first time in the world, performance measurement of sustainable development goals on the basis of local governments was realized.

The project was carried out entirely with INGEV’s own resources.  Vural Çakır wrote the introduction and Louisa Vinton, UNDP Resident Representative in Türkiye, wrote the foreword of the report, which analyzes the subject in detail.

The report covers all the items of sustainable development goals that fall within the scope of local governments. Our cities were evaluated in general as well as in the following sub-categories; Reducing inequalities, safe cities, decent work, and economic growth, quality education, health and quality of life, innovation and infrastructure, sustainable environment and energy, sustainable environment and communities, gender equality.

Istanbul ranked first in Human Development and Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Cities. Ekrem İmamoğlu, who attended the launch and award ceremony, emphasized the importance of independent studies and thanked INGEV.  Ankara, Antalya, Eskişehir, and İzmir were among the top five.  Yılmaz Büyükerşen, Muhittin Böcek, and Tunç Soyer attended the live broadcast and shared their views. On behalf of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, the Secretary-General M. Kemal Çokakoğlu also attended the launch meeting and expressed his views.

In the provincial category, Çanakkale, Edirne, Isparta, Yalova, and Sivas municipalities took the first five places.

Click here to watch the event again (in Turkish)

Click here to read the executive summary of the HDI/ SDG Report

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