On the 14th of October the ‘UCLG/CIB Open Conversation towards the UN’s High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2021’ took place. Since 2017, UCLG and the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments have been developing an annual report towards the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This brainstorm was aimed at receiving inputs and reflections from a group of UCLG members on the SDG reporting process of previous years, before UCLG launches the preparations for next year.
In the past few years, UCLG submitted a report on the voice and actions of local and regional governments on SDGs and their implementation at the yearly High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.
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.
In July 2018, 38 countries are going to report to the UN on the progress they have made in achieving the SDGs. The CIB Working Group wishes to support the LGAs in these countries with two things:
1. To reach out to the national government to get involved in the process of drafting this report
2. To complete information that will be useful for UCLG to draft a report that will be presented to the UN on how local governments are involved in the process.
On 11 July, Mayor of Utrecht and President of VNG, Jan van Zanen presented a report to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) entitled “National and sub-national governments on the way towards localization”.
Analysis of 63 Voluntary National Reviews