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Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic (DR) – Academic Campaign for Goal 11

By on August 30, 2016
University
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic (DR)

Contact name and title
Annette Tejada, University professor

email
annettetejada@gmail.com

Title of activity
Academic Campaign for Goal 11

Description of activity
Students have developed research, identifying urban problems of Santiago city associated with goal 11 and its targets. They have interacted and socialized these problems with city stakeholders (individuals or institutions as responsible or victims of the problem), have heard opinions from citizens, organizations or institutions that should contribute to the solution, and generated alternatives and/or proposals for addressing urban problems.

We have spent months of readings, reflections, case analysis and formulation of reports on urban solutions that enable the achievement and sustainability of a resilient city, green, safe, healthy, inclusive, planned, and productive. In the same way, students built a wall mural as a tool of promotion, participation and visibility of the Campaign for all members of our Architecture School, as well as visitors.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity
11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.5 By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels

Main themes of this activity
Youth
Social Inclusion
Slum Upgrading
Resilience
Planning and Design
Legislation
Land
Information and Monitoring
Housing
Governance
Evaluation
Environment
Economy
Capacity Development
Climate Change
Changes that took place as a result of this activity
We have updated our Urbanism program courses and developed different activities for the integration of students and teachers. As part of the dissemination activities, we have been used the most effective social networks to expand knowledge and encourage citizen engagement in the university, work, school, home, streets … everywhere!!!
How the impact of the activity was measured
Our students shared the Goal 11 using Social Media Twitter: #GlobalGoals Selfie (http://cdn.globalgoals.org/2015/09/The-Global-Goals-Selfie1.pdf), getting retweets from Global Goals UN (@GlobalGoalsUN), also from the United Nations Development Programme in DR (@PNUDRD) and different organizations and individuals who have made a permanent network of collaborators to preserve the Campaign.

United Nations Development Programme in DR has recognized this initiative as a model that can serve as a model for other universities in the country and the region.

Links related to the activity
  • http://www.pucmm.edu.do/noticias/Lists/EntradasDeBlog/Post.aspx?ID=527
  • https://twitter.com/annette_tejada/status/719968447740846080
  • https://twitter.com/annette_tejada/status/718231800879910912
  • https://twitter.com/astrydep/status/691798809836392450
  • https://twitter.com/MildredSamboy/status/718442983381544960
  • https://twitter.com/FerminClaudia/status/718445536551022592
  • https://twitter.com/VictorEstevez09/status/692001288226213888
  • https://twitter.com/annette_tejada/status/702258616724664324
  • https://twitter.com/annette_tejada/status/716256257586278400
Additional notes
UN-Habitat has been engaged in Latin America and the Caribbean for many years. Recognizing that the Dominican Republic needs to move towards this strategic partnership with UN-Habitat, we are in the best disposition to work as a academic collaborator to continue promoting and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically SDG 11.
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