The Shaping Fair Cities (SFC) project reflects and promotes the commitments that states unanimously undertook in 2015 with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda. The project focuses on the role that cities and sub-national governments need to play in achieving the SDGs, in particular Goal 11 (making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) and Goal 16 (promoting peaceful and inclusive societies).

The SFC project aims to raise awareness in the territory of state partners, 8 EU countries and 2 EU partner countries, as well as proactively involve a broad range of relevant development actors in the local implementation of the 2030 Agenda, among them local policy makers, decision-makers, citizens, civil servants and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), trade unionists, journalists, volunteers, the private sector, and any other relevant stakeholders.

In times of great migration and refugee flows, the project primarily seeks to enhance migration governance responses at the local level, putting into practice a series of appropriate and inclusive tools to attain the full potential of migration and of migrants as agents of sustainable development. In promoting well-managed and well-structured local governance migration, great emphasis is placed on incorporating a gender approach (Goal 5) in local migration policies, as well as implementing actions to combat the adverse impacts of climate change (Goal 13) on local communities and vulnerable groups, migrants included. Addressing these challenges in a comprehensive, inclusive and human rights-based manner is essential to achieving both Goals 11 and 16.

Thanks to the SFC project, 14 local authorities – 4 regional governments, 8 EU municipalities and 2 EU partner municipalities – representing a total urban population of 3,697,600 people – have adopted an action plan for implementing, communicating and monitoring SDGs at the local level, particularly in relation to SDGs 5, 11, 13 and 16, and with a special focus on migration and gender.