Revising National SDG Targets for the City of Los Angeles

In October 2017, Mayor Eric Garcetti committed to adopt and implement the SDGs in Los Angeles. With support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Mayor’s Office partnered with four local universities to begin a comprehensive mapping of relevant activities and data to the SDG framework, including the 169 targets and 240-plus indicators.

As the university students — including USC Wicked Problems Practicum students — working in support of Los Angeles began to align activity, plans, policies, and data to the Goals, they found that some of the targets were not applicable for city government; UN member states drafted and adopted a framework relevant for national monitoring and reporting.

The students devised a methodology to assess the application of the 169 targets in the City of Los Angeles, proposing revisions while preserving the intent. In addition, for some of the Goals, the students added new targets to reflect priorities for the City of Los Angeles.