The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, nrg4SD is a non-profit international association representing subnational governments and associations of subnational governments at global level.
Established in 2002 at the World Summit of Johannesburg, today nrg4SD totals some 50 subnational governments from 30 countries and 7 associations of subnational governments.
nrg4SD is the only international network on sustainable development matters with worldwide presence and representing solely subnational governments. The Network promotes sustainable development at the level of subnational government around the Globe and acts as the voice and representative of subnational governments at global level in the field of sustainable development.
Working directly with the UN and the EU
Early since its creation, the Network has worked directly with and been accredited to several entities of the United Nations (UN), including the Environment Programme UNEP, the Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC and the Convention on Biological Diversity CBD. Thanks to the presence of its permanent Secretariat in Brussels (Belgium), nrg4SD works directly with the different institutions of the European Union (EU).
nrg4SD Working groups
The Network consists of a series of working groups which enhance the ‘network approach’ of the association. The activities carried out by each working group contribute to positioning the Network and its member governments in international initiatives, and to identifying project proposals for interregional cooperation.
Current nrg4SD working groups concentrate on:
- international climate change negotiations;
- financing climate action at subnational level;
- forest policy;
- the implementation of the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and other Local Authorities of the UN Convention for Biological Diversity;
- water resources and sanitation, and
- the Rio +20 sustainable development process.