Welcome back to my #SDGSeries - exploring the top three Sustainable Development Goals which, in my opinion, have the maximum ability to create transformative, long term impact.

To recap, my last post covered:

1. SDG#17 - Parterneships, which outlined the ability of Impact Investing to unlocking new large scale impact and accelerate the sustainable development agenda by effectively mobilizing the pool of $1 trillion in private capital by 2020 (estimated market size).

2. SDG#16 - Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, which spoke about the convergence of capitalism with peacebuilding from the bottom up by promoting market based solutions that view vulnerable groups at the grassroots as change agents for peace instead of victims of conflict.

The third and final top goal is:

WHAT: #11 "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable"

WHY: While the MDGs were mostly focused on rural areas, the SDGs take a more forward looking approach. It is critical for the world to recognize that by 2020, 70% of the world will be urban. This makes it imperative for cities to be equipped to handle acute shocks (such as conflict and natural disasters) as well as chronic stresses (such as youth unemployment and gender inequity).

HOW: Platforms such as the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiatives equip cities across the globe to be prepared to react to, adapt from and transform to overcome shocks and stresses - enabling them to be better prepared to tackle 21st Century social, economic and environmental challenges ranging from Climate Change to Weak Governance. To read more about the incredible work being down by the 100RC Network, visit http://www.100resilientcities.org/#/-_/

Next week's #SDGSeries will cover the top goals for mitigating the impact of the athropocene to make earth a better planet for us all! To stay updated, follow me on Twitter: @NatashaGarcha