Inès
Boubaker

Project: Cities Pave the Way towards 2030 - SDG Reporting

Inès Boubaker, graduated cum laude in International Development, at Sciences Po, is a geographer, specialized in risks management and urban governance. She has previously worked with the Paris City Hall’s Resilience Mission where she contributed to the design of Paris Resilience Strategy. After that, she joined the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to work on the sustainability indicators for European cities. While there, she also organised an international workshop on innovative finance tools to implement resilience.

Besides those professional experiences, Inès is the president of a student-run think tank, Human Development Research Initiative (HDRI), which gathers more than 35 nationalities, informs policy-making processes and organises advocacy campaigns to raise awareness on human development issues. Engagement is one of her key personal features since she is also part of a crisis management organization. Furthermore, she was selected as the finalist of a World Bank competition with an urban farming project and will be in Rome for an international conference in early September to present a research on urban resilience. Her objective is to improve cities networks across the globe, to help design evidence-based climate strategies and to apply innovative decision-making platforms at all scales.

 MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET

Recurring disasters and chronic stresses have proved that addressing the consequences of climate change is an intellectual and political imperative. My commitment to tackling climate change relies on one conviction: to take action for the climate, it is not only taking action against global warming, but it is also to choose hope, collective action and innovative solutions that better shape the world of tomorrow. I believe climate change is an opportunity, in a world where action can be slow and postponed.

Focusing on the SDG 7 on Energy, my ambition is to identify the missing links to measure sustainable urban development in the world. Energy touches on critical points for cities, such as inclusion, mobility or health. Energy grids must become more resistant to extreme weather events, clean energy must be affordable for all, and realistic pathways toward carbon neutrality must be designed and implemented. A legacy already exists, but each city often has its own vision of sustainability. SDG Reporting wishes to explore the multiple citizen-led initiatives flourishing at the local level. The goal of my project is to implement a monitoring framework that inspires innovative governance schemes in four global cities.