UCLG to report on the localization of the SDGs at the High Level Political Forum

High Level Political Forum

A delegation of local and regional governments, facilitated by UCLG on behalf of the Global Taskforce, will attend the 5th High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) from 10-19 July, 2017.

The HLPF is the central UN platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda, and is therefore a vital space for local and regional governments to underline the role of strong local leadership and commitment in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme of the 2017 panel will be "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world". 

UCLG will contribute to the HLPF with a report on the implementation of the SDGs at sub-national level.

Our High Level Political Forum Agenda

- Tuesday 11 July I 15.00- 18.00 (GMT-4)

During the Plenary session on multi-stakeholders perspectives, the Global Taskforce will present the report National and sub-national governments on the way towards localization, contributed by UCLG. Statement to be delivered by Mr. Jan Van Zanen, Mayor of Utrecht and President of VNG (Association of Netherlands Municipalities)

- Wednesday 12 July I 18h15-19h30 (GMT-4) I (Conference Room 7) 

UCLG, the Global Taskforce, and the Permanent mission of the Netherlands to the UN are co-organizing a HLPF side-event entitled “Localizing the SDGs: local and regional governments actions for poverty eradication and prosperity”.The event will bring together representatives from local and regional governments (LRG), national LRG associations, civil society and UN agencies to debate the role of local and regional governments in the SDG implementation process. 

- Thursday 13 July I 18:15-19:30 (GMT-4) I | United Nations, Conference Room 6, Conference Building, New York I

Cities Alliance is also organising a side-event on 13th July entitled “ The urban lens: An accelerator of poverty eradication and prosperity” 

- Monday 17 Tuesday 18 July

Deputy Secretary General, Dr. David Navarro, has convened a special two-day meeting on the Local 2030 Hub. The GTF will contribute in particular with a session on Capacity Building for Localisation on Monday 17 I 13h30-14h30 pm (GMT-4) 

Sub-national monitoring to complement voluntary national reports

The international monitoring and reporting of the SDGs is being undertaken directly by UN agencies and national governments through a system of Voluntary National Reviews to the HLPF. UCLG and the Global Taskforce networks will contribute to the HLPF’s yearly assessment cycles using a global reporting mechanism that monitors implementation from the perspective of local and regional governments.

This will allow local and regional governments to take part in the global monitoring process, in line with the evaluation cycles defined by the HLPF. The first such report on the Localization of the SDGs will be presented at the 2017 HLPF and is entitledNational and sub-national governments on the way towards localization”.

The report introduces some of the initial outcomes drawn from first-hand information collected by networks of local and regional governments in over 30 countries, complemented by an analysis of the 63 official National Voluntary Reviews (NVRs) and ‘Main Messages’ presented so far by national governments for the 2016 and 2017 HLPF.

The report shows that local and regional governments are taking action or are beginning to act for the localization of the SDGs in all regions, but also that ‘localization’ remains unaddressed by the HLPF agenda. With nowhere to report from a local perspective or to showcase what is being done, the international community risks missing an opportunity to enhance the role of local and regional governments in achieving the SDGs. An adequate reporting framework should reward governments taking action to localize the SDGs and foster more local involvement where localization is lacking.

The report shares UCLG’s high hopes for the ‘Localizing the SDGs’ partnership with UNDP and UN-Habitat, the Local 2030 Hub (promoted by the office of the UN Secretary General), and the Local4Action Hub, which will support the localization strategy of UCLG and contribute to the broader agenda of the Global Taskforce.

The full report is available on the following link: National and sub-national governments on the way towards localization

Active engagement of the local and regional governments in the Local 2030 Hub

During the HLPF, Deputy Secretary General, Dr. David Navarro, has convened a special two-day meeting from 17-18 July on the Local 2030 Hub, an initiative launched in early 2017 by the UN General Secretary Office.

​The Local 2030 Hub aims to create a working platform on the localization of the SDGs, bringing together the main UN Agencies collaborating with the Global Taskforce, facilitated by UCLG.

UCLG hopes that this meeting will set a precedent for a special space for dialogue between the UN and the local and regional government constituency in the framework of the SDGs implementation and the HLPF annual meetings. ​In particular, in view of ​​next ​year’s HLPF session, which will be held on the theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies", and will focus on SDG 11.​

A delegation of the Global Taskforce will actively participate and bring the constituency messages to the Hub. ​

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