On the 17th of June, the CIB secretariat facilitated a first online CIB annual meeting, with more than 150 participants from all around the world. Practitioners working on international programmes at local government associations and individual cities gathered to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on local government development cooperation. outputs from the meeting will be assembled in a joint position, aligned to the UCLG Decalogue.
On 28 February, the CIB Working Group secretariat hosted a call on the national voluntary reporting process on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which several CIB members are engaged. 2017 will see the second round of voluntary reviews, which includes 40 countries.* Main topic of discussion was how to include a local voice and perspective in the national reports.
Voluntary National Reviews (VNR)
In the light of the recently adopted international agendas which show increased attention and recognition for the role of local governments (Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda in particular) and the new Presidency of the world organization, the CIB Working Group's chair and co-chair signalled the need to review CIB's current role and position within UCLG and relative to other networks. A first conference call, to which all CIB members were invitied, was organised on December 6.