This year holds high expectations and exciting opportunities for the engagement of regional governments in the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over two years after its adoption, the need for localizing the SDGs is undeniable. In this context, many regions throughout the world take the lead to the territorial implementation of these goals, creating an enabling environment for their realization at the subnational level.
The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) is the United Nations central platform to follow-up and review on the implementation of the SDGs. In 2018, the HLPF will gather under the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” and will assess closely the goals 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation; 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy; 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities; 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production; 15 on Life on Land; and also, SDG 17 on Partnerships, this last one included every year as a cross-cutting goal.
Considering SDG 11 is being closely reviewed and the growing relevance of the localization of all goals, the UNDESA, in collaboration with nrg4SD and other members of the Global Task Force, will host for the first time the Local and Regional Authorities Forum. This full-day event will take place during the HLPF 2018 and will discuss key elements for the collaboration with local and regional governments.
Report on Regional Governments’ contributions to the SDGs
nrg4SD plays a crucial role by bringing the voice and contributions from regional governments, including as organizing partners of the Local Authorities Major Group.
For the HLPF 2018, the nrg4SD in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde and the support of UNDP ART, ORU-FOGAR, and CDP will present a report including the views and experiences of regional governments in achieving the SDGs.
The publication will oversee the general efforts and modalities adopted by regions in the pursue of the SDGs in their territories, with a special attention to the goals being reviewed in 2018, as well as the multi-stakeholder and multi-level mechanisms for collaboration.
Following nrg4SD principle of self-representation of regions, the report mainly builds on a survey to be conducted with regional governments from different parts of the world. This survey is currently open, and regions are cordially invited to provide their inputs, by completing this questionnaire before March 30th.
Webinar Regional governments & 2030 Agenda
Next February 21st, 2018 at 14:00 CET, the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development – nrg4SD organizes the webinar “Regional governments & 2030 Agenda: dialogue on the territorial implementation of the SDGs”.
The webinar is particularly designed for representatives, civil servants and collaborators of regional governments (regions, states and provinces). Starting with introductory presentations and examples by nrg4SD Secretariat, UNDP Art and the Basque Country government, the webinar will take a look at opportunities and modalities for the implementation of the SDGs in regional governments.
Please see the full programme here.
In order to attend the webinar, registration is required using the link https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5871001054597367553