Over 240 local and regional governments representatives, including 70 Mayors and Regional Presidents, carried out joint mobilization at the most recent High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) to convey local perspectives on the localization of the 2030 Agenda, in July 2018. For the first time ever, the HLPF included an all-day meeting of local and regional governments with United Nations high-level representatives, national governments and civil society.
Over 65% of the targets linked with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are directly related to local basic service provision: from water and sanitation to elementary education, energy consumption and accountable institutions. Indeed, the achievement of the SDGs and the review of the goals are an integral part of UCLG’s overall strategy. This is why local and regional governments are demanding a permanent seat at the global table and working towards a more collaborative model of governance. The Local and Regional Governments’ Forum was a key milestone towards this end.
Highlights of the local and regional governments delegation at the HLPF:
►15 July I A special session on the Right to Housing
► 16 July I Local and Regional Governments’ Forum
► 17 July I Local Action for Global Commitments
► 18 July I Presentation of the 2nd Global Report on the Localization of SDGs
The delegation of Local and Regional Governments presented the second report on the role of local and regional governments in the localization of the SDGs. This report is a contribution from UCLG, as facilitator of the Global Taskforce, in an effort to benefit the broader local and regional government constituency. The report builds on three different sources: a UCLG survey to networks of local governments; analysis of 48 Voluntary National Reports (VNRs), and regional experts. The report offers evidence from the ground on the importance for SDGs localization of basic services provided by cities. It also shows why local and regional governments need an enhanced access to adequate capacities and financial resources to deliver on the global goals.
Please find the report attached below.