Local action is a precondition for delivering the promise of the SDGs. According to some estimates, at least 105 of the 169 SDGs targets (62 per cent) will not be reached without proper engagement and coordination with local and regional governments. Moreover, collaboration and co-creation by all relevant local stakeholders can foster the sustainable solutions and accountability needed in each unique community. In recognition of the essential role of local governments and actors, when adopting the 2030 Agenda, Governments pledged to work closely on implementation with regional and local authorities and subregional institutions, among others. (A/RES/70/1, paragraph 45)
One of the clear signs of increased local level engagement in SDG implementation are the Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs). Since 2018, VLRs have emerged as an innovative tool by and for cities. The number of VLRs, modelled after the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) by national governments, has since skyrocketed from a few spearheading cities to over 130 reviews and counting. The practice of carrying out VLRs is being taken up not only by capital and large cities but also smaller cities and districts, including in rural areas. Member States are also increasingly benefitting from VLRs in their national level reviews.
The present session will showcase successful local transformations and discuss what enabled them and will address how the lessons learned from these VLR processes can best be utilized to accelerate progress towards all 17 SDGs.
Proposed guiding questions:
- What are examples of transformations being achieved at the local level, to overcome crises and shift towards the full implementation of the SDGs in times of crises? How can these be supported or replicated?
- What is the role of local and regional governments in accelerating SDG progress?
- What are some of the best ways for increasing stakeholder engagement in local SDG implementation? How can local government help to mobilize and facilitate those experiencing poverty or marginalization, to engage in the design and implementation of local action?
- What are some of the key messages arising from the Voluntary Local Reviews? How can VLRs be used to catalyse global impacts?
- How can the VLRs contribute to SDG‐based national planning and budgeting?
- H.E. Mr. Albert Ranganai Chimbindi, Vice President of ECOSOC (Zimbabwe)
- Mr. Mathieu Mori, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (Recommendations on localisation of SDGs)
Interactive panel discussion
- Ms. Lydia Capolicchio, Swedish journalist
- Mr. Turan Hançerli, Mayor of Avcilar, Türkiye
- Mr. Robert Papa, Chief of Staff for the government of Busia County, Kenya
- Ms. Rosario Diaz Caravito, Founder of the Millennials Movement, Peru, youth speaker
- Mr. Bhakta Bishwakarma, General Secretary and founding member, Asia Dalit Rights Forum, Nepal (MGoS)
Interventions of other Ministers and participants (3 minutes each)