The recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth an intergovernmental plan for eradicating global poverty in all its forms and dimensions. Multiple relationships exist among the 17 goals. A challenge going forward is to better understand the interrelation between them and how policies towards their realisation could complement each other. Institutions working on specific areas of sustainable development tend to explore and focus and explore limited aspects of the map. Their policy messages emphasize the importance of specific links.
The following study provides an overview of the various links between the sustainable development goals throughout key policy documents - with a specific focus on the message that relates to urban development (SDG 11).For this purpose, we have developed an automated classifier to identify how certain texts relate to specific aspects and how these focus areas might be addressed in relation to each other. The classifier has been trained on the basis of the formulation of SDGs and their pertaining targets.
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