The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an important roadmap to set the world onto an ambitious path, promoting an integrated approach to 17 goals and 169 targets of different thematic areas. The achievement of the SDGs will only be possible with the contribution and involvement of local and regional governments. Many regional and local authorities have already undertaken this challenge, as it is showcased on nrg4SD’s report “Localizing the SDGs: regional governments paving the way”.
In this sense, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), launched a survey on local and regional key contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With feedback from these governments on their work to achieve the SDGs, the European Committee of the Regions seeks to showcase how cities and regions efforts for implementation and use it to influence future EU strategy on SDGs, to better advocate for a territorial approach in European and national policy-making processes. Your inputs and views on what the EU should do regarding the SDGs and which are the priorities to act on will also feed CoR’s opinion on a Sustainable Europe by 2030, to be elaborated on the course of 2019.
The survey will also contribute to the broader OECD Programme on A Territorial Approach to SDGs: A role for cities and regions to leave no one behind, which seeks to support cities and regions in fostering a territorial approach to the SDGs through:
- measuring where they stand vis-à-vis the national average and their peers;
- engaging a multi-level dialogue with their lower and upper levels of government to build consensus on who can do what; and
- sharing best practice and lessons from international experience
The survey is available in all EU languages and will be open until 22 February midnight.
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