Following the session on Voluntary Subnational Reviews at the UCLG Retreat on 18 February, which served as a valuable first encounter, UCLG and CIB are organizing the first-ever VSR workshop on 12 March, from 13:30-16:30 CET. The workshop will count on the participation of both local government associations’ representatives and field experts of countries that are engaged in the preparation of VSRs or local government reports to contribute to the Voluntary National Reviews in 2021 in 8 pilot countries, as well as other partners.
ICLD has developed a digital education training to give you an “Introduction to Agenda 2030.”This training aims to give you an introduction to Agenda 2030, a global agenda for addressing the world’s most pressing challenges and driving change towards a sustainable society. The Global Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda offer an unprecedented opportunity for individuals and local and regional governments (LRGs) to contribute to global sustainability.
Partnerships are key to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ICLD works with several partners in promoting local democracy and sustainable development in line with the Agenda 2030. For example, in Zimbabwe, ICLD partners with Gender Links to strengthen local governments reach several goals, through ICLD’s Zimbabwe Leadership Training Programme.
ICLD interviewed Gender Links Zimbabwe, Country Manager Priscilla Maposa, and this is what she shared about the partnership with ICLD.
How do ICLD and Gender Links complement each other?
The Austrian KDZ Centre for Public Administration Research invites all interested parties to the "Danube Governance Conference: Towards European integration with the SDGs" on January 28.
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).