Many Dutch local governments are struggling with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), despite their high motivation to contribute to them. This is one of the conclusions from the research into the meaning and implication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Dutch local governments conducted by Kaleidos Research, in collaboration with VNG International.
At the beginning of November three-day meeting of 14 representatives of local government networks of the Global Taskforce (GTF) and its partners took place in Barcelona. The meeting was organized in the framework of the newly adopted 2030 agenda and of the run-up to the Habitat III conference to be held in October 2016.
Implementing and localizing the SDGs
In September 2015 the new Sustainable Development Goals will be finalized. These goals, that will follow up the current Millennium Development Goals, will be more universal, will include environmental challenges and has been more inclusive through involving many stakeholders in their definition. The post 2015 intergovernmental negotiation sessions take place every month since January 2015 and will contribute to the preparations of the Summit. Three further negotiation sessions are envisaged to take place in June and July.