One of the four project ideas developed in the framework of the recent Connective Cities dialogue event on the role of LGAs in localising the SDGs was put forward by the East African Local Governments Association (EALGA). EALGA would like to create a regional forum for functional cooperation and engagement for local governments and State Ministries on promoting regional integration through local economic growth and development for sustainability in East Africa.
Innovating Development Policy in view of the SDGs
For almost two decades, the Barcelona City Council has been carrying out development cooperation activities. This experience, which has included engagement with over 40 cities around the world, has provided the Barcelona City Council with enough perspective to increase and consolidate its city-to-city cooperation model.
The city of Ghent is the first Belgian local government to publish a SDG Voluntary Local Review (VLR). They launched their report in September 2020, during the Week of the Sustainable Municipality in Flanders. The report gives an overview of indicators for all SDGs. In the coming years, they will develop follow-up reports for each P: People in 2021, Prosperity in 2022 and Planet in 2023. Peace and Partnership will be taken into account in each report.
The Local4Action HUBs are a new initiative by UCLG aimed at localizing the Sustainable Development Goals, in practices and initiatives. The Local4Action HUBs should provide a platform for showcasing, recognizing and scaling-up local policies and processes and for fostering synchronization between activities and parts of the broad network while accelerating the constituency’s impact on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It’s an opportunity to bring local approaches to sustainability to the forefront of the international conversation.
In the past years, VVSG has actively worked on localizing the SDGs in Flanders, providing municipalities with materials and inspiration on awareness raising and policy planning. With success: 178 out of the 300 Flemish municipalities have now integrated the SDGs into their multi-annual policy plans (2020-2025).
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In 2020, 47 countries will be reporting to the UN on their progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UCLG and the CIB Working Group are organizing a series of webinars in April on the role of local and regional governments and their associations in this reporting process, to ensure that the important work of local and regional governments on this agenda receives enough visibility and attention.
In the past few years, UCLG submitted a report on the voice and actions of local and regional governments on SDGs and their implementation at the yearly High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.
Localising SDGs in Germany
CIB looks back on a very successful UCLG World Congress in Durban. The matrix of CIB members’ activities already showcased that various CIB members would be very active in Durban and this was indeed the case.