RMIT urban health scholars are partnering with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to develop and test a suite of open source 'urban liveability' indicators aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aims of this Partnership Project are to:
i) Identify and source open source liveability spatial data inputs and indicators aligned with the SDGs and suitable for use in the Bangkok context;
ii) Apply and test conceptually relevant liveability indicators across Bangkok;
iii) Develop the capacity of the BMA for utilising liveability data in policy and planning; and
iv) Generate translational outputs that maximise the useability and scalability of indicators for application for different cities.
Through this collaborative Partnership Project, we will further our knowledge of context-specific liveability in a rapidly urbanising low-to-middle income city context (Bangkok, Thailand).
This project is funded by a VicHealth Sustainable Development Goals Partnership Grant.
Project timeline: 2018 - 2020
This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:
6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
6.b Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
10.1 By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
17.6 Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge-sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
17.9 Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation
17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
17.18 By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.