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.
2020 marks the 5th edition of the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation.
In december the CIB Working Group and UCLG Learning organized webinars about best practices from Local Government Associations on SDG implementation and reporting in three different languages (ES, ENG, FR).
At this years’ annual CIB meeting, which took place in Durban in September, different CIB members committed to assisting their partner Local Government Associations (LGAs) in their work on influencing the national reports to the next UN High Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2018, 48 other countries will be reporting on the SDGs – by assisting LGAs worldwide, local and regional governments might be better represented at this HLPF.
The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) Steering Committee met on 3 and 4 September in Mexico, hosted by the Mexican Minister of External Relations. UCLG Champion on Development Cooperation, Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener and Vice-Treasurer of UCLG, supported by the CIB Working Group Secretariat, attended the meeting on behalf of the local and regional constituency represented by UCLG WS and FOGAR in this forum.