LOCAL AND REGIONAL AUTHORITIES IN THE SDG REPORTING PROCESS - TOWARDS THE 2020 HLPF
UNITED CITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS (UCLG) AND THE WORKING GROUP ON CA
PACITY AND INSTITUTION BUILDING (IBC)
Facilitated by UCLG and IBC, this seminar aims to raise awareness of the involvement of the local and regional level in the drafting of SDO reports, and to show how Local and Regional Authorities (LAs) and their associations can take part in the process of producing the reports. The seminar was an opportunity to present the studies carried out in 2018 and 2019 on the involvement of Local Government Associations (LGAs) in the implementation and monitoring of SDGs.
Fernando Santomauro from UCLG's learning unit presented the learning and training modules around three pillars: awareness raising, alignment with DOs and reporting. The importance of "bottom-up" actions to locate the SDOs was recalled by establishing a process to take into account the local and regional context.
The Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments has, as it has every year since 2016, prepared a report on the issue, which will be presented at the High Level Policy Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2020. Between 40 and 50 countries have voluntary national reviews, while 65% of the 160 SDO targets are impossible to achieve without local and regional authorities.
The Inter-institutional Working Group composed of CIWG, UNDP and UCLG is working with 5 pilot countries where local governments and LGAs are cooperating on Voluntary Local Examinations: Costa Rica, Nepal, Kenya, Mozambique, Benin. In the case of Benin, the main local partner is the National Association of Municipalities of Benin (ANCB), which groups 77 municipalities. The ANCB, which organizes its General Assembly every 5 years, decided during the last edition of its GA, that its roadmap should be agreed with the SDOs. Funding to achieve these objectives has been estimated at 3000 billion CFA francs. Within the framework of its missions, the ANCB is interested in various issues, including the environment and gender in collaboration with the Association of Flemish Cities (VVSG).
Addressing SDOs from the perspective of local actors demonstrates the need for strong commitment at all scales in order to achieve them.
To learn more about the UCLG Learning unit, click here.
Find the questionnaire on the role of local and regional authorities and their associations in the localization of SDOs and Agenda 2030 here.