Regions lead the localization of Agenda 2030 for the territorialization of the SDGs

Regions lead the localization of Agenda 2030 for the territorialization of the SDGs

On 17 and 18 September, the conference "Territorializing the development agenda" will take place in the City of Rosario, at the invitation of the Governor of Santa Fe and President of the UCLG Forum of Regions, Miguel Lifschitz. This meeting between different levels of governance, co-organized by the Province of Santa Fe and UCLG's Forum of Regions, will allow local and regional governments to share experiences and strategies on localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in territories.

This space for dialogue and learning will serve to raise awareness of the important articulation role that subnational governments have in order to ensure the real implementation of the SDGs in the different local realities of each city and region. To this end, through various meetings, local and regional development plans will be reviewed against the indicators of the 2030 Agenda, and financial resources and key alliances will be reallocated in order to make this possible.

A delegation of regional and local governments will be present to enrich the debate with different perspectives. Among the participants, Monica Fein, Mayor of Rosario and Vice-President of UCLG for Latin America, and Pablo Farias, Minister of Government and State Reform of the Province of Santa Fe, will give the welcoming words to open the conference.

Among the experiences of Multilevel Governance presented will be those of Carlos Martínez, Mayor of Soria and Vice-President of UCLG for Europe; Gustavo Baroja, member of the UCLG Policy Council on Territorial Multilevel Governance and Sustainable Financing and President of the Consortium of Provincial Autonomous Governments of Ecuador (CONGOPE); Juana López, Director of International Relations of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP); and Valérie Nicolas, Director of International Cooperation of Régions de France.

Among the round tables that will take place, Iker Goiria, Director General of International Relations of the Provincial Council of Guipuzkoa (Basque Country) will share regional experiences on the localization of the SDGs, among other guests from provinces. The cities of Rosario, Puerto Montt, Cochabamba and Soria will share their own advances on the implementation and localization of the SDGs in cities.

One of the highlights of the conference will be the workshop “Food policies and programmes and their impact on the 2030 Agenda (Spanish) at the initiative of UCLG's Community of Practice on Territorial Governance, Security and Food Transition. Participants will be able to discuss the importance of thinking about the food system for the sustainable development of territories. Through an open debate, this workshop will serve to emphasize that the localization of the food economy is a way of localizing the 17 SDGs, since food policies are at the center of all public policies and all human activities.

Thanks to the valuable multi-level approach of the meetings, it will contribute to the establishment of a roadmap for the UCLG Forum of Regions, adjusting it to the new challenges and perspectives of local and regional leaders.

This meeting affirms the commitment to the localization of the 2030 Agenda by the regions, providing an opportunity to analyze the progress made towards its achievement through a comprehensive view of the different territories and stimulating the necessary dialogue between urban and rural areas.

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