All countries, communities, companies, civil society organizations and individuals are stakeholders in the socioeconomic development of our planet. The stakeholders must interact and collaborate to ensure the sustainable development and use of land, buildings and infrastructure across the world.
SEEDIS is a unifying platform for the exchange of experience, insights and knowledge to accelerate the transformation towards the sustainable development of the built environment by all stakeholders:
- Countries – Government policies regulate business and provide the business enabling sustainable development environment;
- Communities – Municipal authorities enable and permit the sustainable development of land and property in their jurisdiction;
- Companies – Sustainable construction requires the commitment of all participants along the project value chain; and
- Civil society – Sustainable development results from the participation, engagement and actions of the citizens of the planet.
Qualitative and quantitative social, economic and environmental factors are assessed for the relative ranking of countries. Some, such as the Global Country ESG Index and the Global Corruption Index, rank countries in terms of economic and commercial factors. Others, such as the Commitment to Development Index, the Democracy Index and the Human Freedom Index, rank the civil liberties of countries.
The Paris Agreement, UN SDG 11 of the 2030 Agenda, and the New Urban Agenda all serve as national urban policy frameworks for sustainable urban development and tools for their localization. Where each country is responsible for the implementation of the global agreements locally, local governments are responsible for the implementation of SDG 11.
Sustainable development is the responsible use of productive resources in a development project or undertaking to safeguard long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability. Sustainable development is adopted to provide lasting socio-economic benefit to all stakeholders without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
The Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda represent universally approved policy visions that signal a paradigm shift from a top-down approach of established, international mandates to a bottom-up, country-driven implementation process. They anticipate and require cooperation and collaboration on sustainable development at all levels of government, the private sector and civil society.