Local action: Getting the SDGs back on track (HLPF 2022 Official Side Event)
This side-event, hosted by the Local2030 Coalition, will leverage the views and experiences of its members and partners to advance sustainability at the local level. In addition to analyzing how local action can accelerate the achievement of the SDGs under review in 2022, the session will highlight the integrated, indivisible, and interrelated nature of the goals. To this end, the side-event will bring together different perspectives from UN agencies, national governments, local and regional governments, and civil society. It will also hear the experiences of the Local2030 Hubs working on the reviewed SDGs.

Local action: Getting the SDGs back on track

High-Level Political Forum 2022 – Official Side Event

11 July 2022 | 7:30am – 9.00am EDT | Virtual event | Register here:


The theme of the 2022 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development is "Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". As the world faces the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the catastrophic impact of the crisis on life and livelihoods at the local level is stark. 90% of COVID-19 cases have been reported in cities, where disruption of basic services and socio-economic activities has negatively impacted entire economies and people's overall well-being.1

This year's HLPF is also reviewing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are particularly relevant to the local level: 4 on quality education, 5 on gender equality, 14 on life below water, 15 on life on land, and 17 on partnerships for the Goals. Even if the progress differs depending on the territory, local actors share many common challenges to achieving these goals.

For instance, from SDG 5 perspective, the pandemic has disproportionately affected women and girls. They face increased domestic violence, derailed education, job loss, and unpaid work. A recent analysis by ILO and UN Women has yielded astonishing results. Approximately 113 million women aged 25– 54 with partners and small children were out of the workforce in 2020 —over 100 million more than men, who saw around 13 million job losses in the same period2 . Local actors are the best placed to change political and economic behavior by developing and implementing evidence-based-gendertransformative strategies in response plans.

Regarding SDG 4, COVID-19 has also brought about a crisis in education. School closures and disruptions in face-to-face classroom instruction have had devastating consequences, particularly for children and young people. UNICEF reports that millions of children have missed school, with the youngest and most marginalized children facing the most significant loss. For instance, in low- and middle-income countries, up to 70% of 10-year-olds cannot read or understand simple text, compared to 53% before the pandemic3. In addition, this problem exacerbated mental health and nutrition issues and put children at greater risk of abuse. As there is a strong link between public service provision and education, local and regional governments are one of the leading forces behind promoting learning and innovation.

Similarly, under SDG 14 and SDG15, the pandemic has enhanced pressure on our oceans and land. Plastic pollution increased, endangering the planet's ecosystem. COVID-19 restrictions affected tourism and the fishing industry, resulting in a significant loss of income among coastal and island communities. Climate change is an existential threat with very localized implications. Hundreds of millions of people in urban areas are already being impacted. In this scenario, local actors have become the prominent voice in nature conservation and biodiversity protection, working together with communities to build resilience. For instance, given the unequal effects on vulnerable communities, the UN Ocean Conference special session on local and regional governments highlights local actors' role in advancing ocean action commitments4.

These multiple interlinked crises the planet is facing are putting the achievement of the SDGs at risk. Thus, more efforts are needed to ensure inclusive pandemic recovery and get countries back on track to achieve the SDGs. More than ever, multi-level, multi-stakeholder cooperation is essential to accelerate the delivery of the 2030 Agenda in the Decade of Action.

Against this backdrop, the Local2030 Coalition was created to be the United Nations (UN) main mechanism for the engagement of stakeholders in a systematic way - a shared space to mobilize, engage and empower every local actor everywhere. It is the UN initiative to seek urgent actions and integrated solutions based on the needs of our communities and trusted collaboration between all stakeholders at all levels. The Coalition is an examplar model of how we can build partnerships for the goals.

Within this framework, participants will share examples of how their actions are helping to:

  1. Mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises.
  2. Foster innovative solutions and partnerships to create and harness efforts that can be multiplied at the local level.
  3. Reflect on the role of the Local2030 Coalition in supporting their constituencies.

To conclude, the session will hear highlighted remarks from the Joint SDG Fund on innovative approaches and opportunities to finance the SDGs and from the Government of Spain, who will share with us a true example of multi-level coordination and partnership to promote the localization of the SDGs.

Participants include member states, local and regional governments, UN entities, civil society leaders and Local2030 Hubs.


The event will consist of an opening ceremony, two moderated panel debates, and the closing remarks of the Joint SDG Fund and the Government of Spain. The first panel will focus on the experience of local, regional, and national governments and civil society. In contrast, the second panel will look at the knowledge and expertise of Local2030 Hubs. The event will be hosted in English, entirely virtual and available for preregistered attendees. The audience is expected to interact with panellists and other participants via chat.

Download the attached PDF of the concept note for more details.

World Cities Summit 2022 (31 July - 3 August)

World Cities Summit 2022 - Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Emerging Stronger (31 July - 3 August)

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How do cities remain liveable, sustainable, and more resilient in these trying, unsettling times of pandemic and climate change?

WCS 2022 seeks to address this with its theme of Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Emerging Stronger. The Summit is a convening point for global mayors, business leaders and knowledge experts to exchange and co-create city solutions for liveable and sustainable cities, and will engage cities, businesses and experts at the highest levels to discuss how cities can emerge stronger through prolonged and unpredictable disruptions. 

This 8th edition of WCS will be an in-person conference. The 4-day event will comprise the main conference, which includes plenaries and tracks, and other key events such as the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Lecture & Forum, Award Ceremony and Banquet, WCS Mayors Forum, WCS Young Leaders Symposium, and an expo. 

This year, the Summit will also see the inaugural in-person WCS Smart Cities Workshop, following the success of the virtual edition in 2021. WCS sessions, networking, physically co-located events and partner events will also take place at the Summit, organised by partners and sponsors.

Through the plenaries and tracks of the main conference, delegates will engage with the theme on how cities can emerge stronger from contemporary disruptions across five tracks: Sustainable Financing, Smart Cities, Development and Planning, Urban Resilience and Liveable Future Cities. 

Register and learn more about World Cities Summit 2022 here:

For more details, please read the conference Concept Note here.




Centre for Liveable Cities

Set up in 2008 by the Ministry of National Development and the then-Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) aims to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities. 

The CLC’s work spans four main areas: Research, Capability Development, Knowledge Platforms, and Advisory. Through these activities, it hopes to provide urban leaders and practitioners with the knowledge and support needed to make our cities better.

For more information, please visit


Urban Redevelopment Authority

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is Singapore's land use planning and conservation agency. Our mission is ‘to make Singapore a great city to live, work and play’. We strive to create an endearing home and a vibrant and sustainable city through long-term planning and innovation, in partnership with the community.

URA’s multi-faceted role includes being the main government land sales agent. We attract and channel private capital investments to develop sites that support planning, economic and social objectives. We also partner the community to enliven our public spaces to create a car-lite, people-friendly and liveable city for all to enjoy. In shaping a distinctive city, URA also promotes architecture and urban design excellence. Visit for more information.

8th International Conference on Connected Smart Cities (Lisbon, Portugal)

The International Conference on Connected Smart Cities (CSC 2022) aims to provide a cutting-edge and premier annual forum on smart cities. It aims to bring in leading scholars from multiple disciplines (including information systems, computer science, telecommunication engineering, urban studies, and business and economics) to share their ideas, knowledge and latest research findings related to the main issues concerning the whole ecosystem (e.g. M2M infrastructure, cloud platforms, big data analytics, mobile applications, citizen needs, user engagement, and new business/economic models) of future smart cities.

8th International Conference on Connected Smart Cities

Lisbon, Portugal 19 – 21 July 2022

The International Conference on Connected Smart Cities (CSC 2022) aims to provide a cutting-edge and premier annual forum on smart cities. It aims to bring in leading scholars from multiple disciplines (including information systems, computer science, telecommunication engineering, urban studies, and business and economics) to share their ideas, knowledge and latest research findings related to the main issues concerning the whole ecosystem (e.g. M2M infrastructure, cloud platforms, big data analytics, mobile applications, citizen needs, user engagement, and new business/economic models) of future smart cities.

The conference also aims at discussing the social, behavioral, technical, economic, and environmental impacts of the introduction of smart city applications and services. All forms of relevant research are welcome, including conceptual, theoretical, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method studies. Papers with an interdisciplinary nature are particularly encouraging.

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High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2022

The 2022 HLPF will hold in-depth reviews of five SDGs: 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 14 (life below water), 15 (life on land), and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). 

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2022

5-15 JULY 2022 | New York City, US

The meeting of the HLPF in 2022 will be held from Tuesday, 5 July, to Thursday, 7 July, and from Monday, 11 July, to Friday, 15 July 2022 , under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This includes the three-day ministerial segment of the forum from Wednesday, 13 July, to Friday, 15 July 2022. The high-level segment of the Council will conclude with a final day on Monday, 18 July 2022.

The theme for the 2022 HLPF is “ Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ”.

As the world is struggling to recover from COVID-19 amidst continuing crises, the HLPF will reflect on how recovery policies can reverse the negative impacts of the pandemic on the SDGs and move countries on to a path to realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda.

The HLPF will also review in-depth Sustainable Development Goals 4 on quality education, 5 on gender equality, 14 on life below water, 15 on life on land, and 17 on partnerships for the Goals. It will take into account the different impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across all Sustainable Development Goals and the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Goals.

44 countries will carry out voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . For more details, please click here.

The HLPF will adopt the Ministerial Declaration as the outcome of its session. The President of ECOSOC will also prepare a summary to capture the key messages of the discussions. For more information, click here

Other events, including Side EventsVNR LabsSpecial Events, and Exhibition are being organized on the margins of the 2022 HLPF.

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Supply Products for 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy

In the second webinar of a WRI-hosted series on 24/7 Carbon Free Energy, experts will tackle these questions and more. The webinar will also feature overviews from representatives of electric utilities AES Corporation and Georgia Power about their emerging 24/7 CFE supply products, as well as a customer-side perspective on 24/7 CFE deals from Iron Mountain, a global storage and information management services company that has committed to matching its hourly energy use with renewable power. After opening presentations from panelists, Lori Bird (Director, US Energy, WRI) will moderate a discussion exploring the questions outlined above. There will also be time for audience Q&A at the end.

Supply Products for 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy

 -  Online Webinar by World Resources Institute (WRI) | Register here

Many forward-looking cities, companies and institutions have begun to pursue 24/7 carbon-free energy (CFE). As momentum builds, new 24/7 CFE supply offerings have emerged. But what do these 24/7 CFE supply products look like? How do they work? How were they developed? And how much demand is there for them?

For more information or to view a recording of WRI’s first webinar in this series, “An Introduction to 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy and Hourly Matching,” click here.


  • Neeraj Bhat, Chief Product Officer, Clean Energy, AES Corporation
  • Tray Leslie, Renewable Development Manager, Customer Engagement, Georgia Power
  • Chris Pennington, Director, Energy and Sustainability, Iron Mountain
  • Lori Bird, US Energy Director, World Resources Institute (Moderator)

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How Communities and Cities Can Inventory GHG Emissions and Removals from Forests and Trees

How Communities and Cities Can Inventory GHG Emissions and Removals from Forests and Trees

 -  | Online | Register here

Despite international enthusiasm for nature-based climate solutions, many local greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories have not included forests and trees due to lack of guidance and complexity around incorporating them. Yet actions taken by local communities will be key to meeting the ambitious climate action targets set by communities, national governments and international agreements. As communities ramp up forest- and tree-based mitigation, they will need to measure how their forests and trees have already contributed to their carbon balance sheet.

This webinar, organized by World Resources Institute (WRI), C40 Cities, and ICLEI presents a new globally standardized, flexible methodology to estimate GHG greenhouse gas emissions and carbon removals (sequestration) by forests and trees for cities and communities worldwide, building on the updated Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC). Speakers will outline the methods covered in the new guidance: “Supplemental Guidance for Forests and Trees”. They will also showcase how cities and communities report their results and how to include them in their emissions reduction targets. They will also discuss how communities have already inventoried GHG emissions and removals by forests and trees for more holistic climate action planning by outlining how some communities have already used these methods. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring diverse perspectives and experiences from cities that have user tested the guidance, city climate action planners, and institutional partners, and a live audience Q&A session.


  • John-Rob Pool, Implementation Manager, Cities4Forests, WRI (Moderator)
  • Pankaj Bhatia, Acting Director, Climate, WRI and Global Director, GHG Protocol
  • David Gibbs, GIS Research Associate, Global Forest Watch, WRI
  • Nancy Harris, Research Director, Land & Carbon Lab, Forests Program, WRI 

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Multi-level Action for Equitable and Sustainable Cities

Decision-makers and experts explore how to deliver on the promise of multi-level action to make cities more equitable and sustainable. This session will also serve as the official reveal of the 2021-2022 WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities finalists.  

Multi-level Action for Equitable and Sustainable Cities

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities invites you to attend this virtual and in-person session at WUF11 in Katowice, Poland

The event can be live streamed or attended in-person at WUF11 (Multifunction Hall, Room NE 101). General registration for WUF11 (free) is required for all attendees. Register here or use the mobile app.


  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022

  • 16:30-18:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST)


This event led by WRI, in partnership with SDI, C40 and ICLEI, will demonstrate how national, state and city/metropolitan governments can collaborate to make cities around the world more equitable and sustainable. We will share concrete examples of how these actors might work together with each other and with key stakeholder groups, to put equity at the center of decisions related to cities and climate.

The session will draw on research by WRI and partners in the World Resources Report, Towards a More Equal City, and the Coalition for Urban Transition’s Seizing the Urban Opportunity. The session will also serve as the official announcement of the 2021-2022 WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities finalists, showcasing how to adapt to uncertainty and disruption in equitable and sustainable ways.

We will feature a range of national, regional, local and community leaders as well as experts, working to unpack how to deliver on the promise of multi-level action means by exploring themes of urban infrastructure, service delivery, finance, data and governance. The audience will learn how multi-level action can help advance the principles of the New Urban Agenda, driving transformative climate action and a rapid shift to more equitable and sustainable cities.

Decision-makers and experts will explore how to deliver on the promise of multi-level action to make cities more equitable and sustainable. This session will also serve as the official reveal of the 2021-2022 WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities finalists.  


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Taking the High Road: Strengthening Coastal Flood Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure

This webinar will examine the steps that governments are and could be taking to make sure that new transportation investments are resilient to risks posed by coastal storm flooding and rising sea levels.

Taking the High Road: Strengthening Coastal Flood Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure

Online webinar on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

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The infrastructure we build today will be with us for many decades to come, so it needs to be “future proofed” to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Bipartisan infrastructure legislation (such as the recently passed IIJA) authorizes a generational investment in new and upgraded transportation facilities – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, and public transit. Many new transportation projects will be in coastal areas, home to almost forty percent of Americans. There is growing evidence that more severe storms and rising sea level pose a risk to transportation infrastructure in coastal areas.

We’ve prepared a primer with the most up-to-date information on threats to coastal transportation infrastructure, the federal policy framework influencing resiliency of coastal transportation infrastructure, and state-level examples of initiatives to incorporate resiliency into decision-making. This will provide helpful context to webinar attendees and anyone else interested in this topic.

Some of the questions to be addressed in the webinar include:

  • Are there new approaches or tools that can strengthen resilience of transportation investments to coastal storms and rising sea levels?
  • How can mechanisms such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard be used most effectively to reduce risk to transportation investments in coastal areas?
  • How can plans for new transportation infrastructure in coastal areas be coordinated with plans to adapt communities and ecosystems to more severe storms and rising seas?
  • What are the tools, policies, or regulations that have worked or are needed to support coastal resilience planning in transportation infrastructure?

Panelists from federal and state government and civil society will describe how they incorporate resiliency into transportation decision-making, including the tools they have developed and their applicability across the United States. Panelists will have a facilitated discussion about challenges and opportunities associated with coastal transportation infrastructure, including considerations for stakeholder engagement and equity.

Taking the High Road: Strengthening Coastal Flood Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure is organized by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University in partnership with Resilience Roadmap and the Coastal Flood Resilience Project.

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Jeffrey Peterson

Jeffrey Peterson (moderator), co-facilitator of the Coastal Flood Resilience Project

  • Jeffrey Peterson is a co-facilitator of the Coastal Flood Resilience Project, a network of nonprofit organizations working to strengthen policy and programs to prepare for more severe storms and risings seas. His book A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas, was published in 2019 by Island Press. Before retiring from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2017, he was Senior Advisor in the EPA Office of Water responsible for climate change policy. In that capacity, he co-chaired the EPA Sea Level Rise Workgroup and was a member of the Federal Interagency Sea Level Rise Workgroup. He also worked for almost four years at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), where he co-chaired the Interagency Water Resources and Climate Change Workgroup and authored the first national plan addressing water resources management and climate change.

Heather Holsinger

Heather Holsinger, Office of the Secretary of Transportation at U.S. Department of Transportation

  • Heather Holsinger is a Senior Climate Policy Specialist in the Office of Policy, within the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Her work at the Department involves policy development and analysis in the areas of transportation system resilience, decarbonization, and sustainability. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary, Heather served as an Environmental Protection Specialist on the Sustainable Transportation and Resilience team at the Federal Highway Administration, a Senior Policy Fellow and Program Manager for Adaptation at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, a Senior Analyst with the Natural Resources and Environment team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and as an economic and environmental management consultant. She holds Masters Degrees from Duke University in resource economics (MEM) and public policy (MPP) and a BA from the University of Virginia with majors in Economics and Environmental Science.

Jeremy Ketchum

Jeremy Ketchum, California Department of Transportation

  • Jeremy Ketchum is an Assistant Division Chief for the Division of Environmental Analysis at the California Department of Transportation and also serves in an ex-officio Commissioner role as State Transportation Agency representative on the California Coastal Commission.  Mr. Ketchum provides expertise and oversight for a team that develops and maintains environmental standards, policies, procedures, and practices implemented by the California Department of Transportation's 12 District Environmental Branches.

Kym Meyer

Kym Meyer, Senior Attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center; Leader of SELC's Government Accountability initiative

  • Kym litigates on a wide range of cases in both federal and state court. Kym is the lead attorney challenging President Trump's rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act. She recently argued before the North Carolina Supreme Court for the North Carolina NAACP in a groundbreaking case that challenges whether a racially gerrymandered legislature can amend the NC constitution. Kym has been involved in many cases involving climate change, including reaching a ground-breaking settlement with the North Carolina DOT which resulted in unprecedented environmental protections, and a number of new statewide climate change policies. Kym got her law degree at Georgetown. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband State Representative Graig Meyer and their Brady Bunch of children.

Read-Ahead Primer:

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National Urban Policies for Climate Neutrality

Organised by ICLEI Europe partner the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN), this session will critically examine the concept of climate neutrality. Speakers will furthermore investigate the role that National Urban Policies (NUPs) can play in fostering green urban transition in Europe, as well as in supporting local, national and international projects that advance climate-neutrality.

National Urban Policies for Climate Neutrality

27 June, 12:15–13:30 CEST | Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11) | European Track Room

Our session on the Green City from a national and European perspective will aim at creating a discussion about the importance of National Urban Policies in achieving climate neutrality. Reacting to statements and engaging with the audience, our experts will aim to answer the question: ‘How can National Urban Policies support cities in delivering ambitious and urgent climate action?’

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Accelerating the Shift to Nature-Positive and Climate-Proof Urban Futures
This session will showcase ongoing efforts to uptake approaches to urban development aligned with the need to take urgent climate action by UrbanShift cities and countries. It will highlight their leadership and ambition in building equitable, zero-carbon futures where both people and planet can thrive. The event will enable exchanges on best practices among cities and between local and national governments, across regions.

UrbanShift: Accelerating the Shift to Nature-Positive and Climate-Proof Urban Futures

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | 14:30-16:00 Poland Time

Venue: ICC: Voices from Cities Room A at the Eleventh Session of the World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland


The need for cities to transform their development trajectory has never been more urgent. Emissions are rising, cities being responsible for 70% of global greenhouse emissions, so are climate impacts on urban communities. For cities to make peace with nature and achieve a sustainable urban future that supports both people and the planet, business as usual is not an option: new planning and governance models are crucial, and we need to implement them with all hands-on deck. 

Nature-positive and climate-proof urban development can only be scaled up through multi-level governance, effective business models, and integrated approaches. The UrbanShift programme supports more than 23 cities in building equitable, low-carbon futures and seeks to accelerate a movement of urban innovation among cities that reverberates around the world. 


  • Showcase best practices and leadership of UrbanShift cities and countries
  • Enable exchanges of best practices and lessons learned vertically and horizontally
  • Raise ambition of local and national governments in delivering transformational action on sustainable urbanisation practices that support nature positive urban development, climate mitigation, and increased resilience for urban communities
  • Highlight opportunity of sustainable urbanisation as a contribution to climate ambition, a green and resilient recovery, and the achievement of the SDGs

Register and learn more here:

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 25.