Three new reports on the localization of the 2030 Agenda will be launched during the upcoming High Level Political Forum (HLPF) Local and Regional Governments’ Day on Monday, 11 July. They will offer updates on local governments’ role in achieving the SDGs, promoting gender equality and contributing to a just and sustainable recovery
Firstly, the sixth edition of the GTF’s Towards the Localization of the SDGs report shows how local and regional governments (LRGs) are taking vital actions to promote transformative recovery processes for sustainable local development. In particular, it analyzes LRGs’ strategic roles in the coordination mechanisms for SDG localization, in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) processes, in the implementation of local-level actions, as well as in promoting quality and lifelong education for all (SDG 4), gender equality (SDG 5), life below water (SDG 14), life on land (SDG 15), and partnerships for the SDGs (SDG 17). The report draws upon this year’s VNRs; around 150 Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs); all 26 Voluntary Subnational Reviews (VSRs) produced to date; the 220 LRG responses to the annual GTF/UCLG survey; and the Country Profiles on SDG localization.
Secondly, SDG 5 localization across the globe is comprehensively explored in From Making Commitments to Realizing Change: Local and Regional Governments’ Progress on Gender Equality. Drawing on a feminist, inclusive and caring lens, this report synthesizes trends, case studies and best practices to ensure a diverse gender-sensitive approach is incorporated into policies, processes, budgets and programmes to address structural inequalities and improve the wellbeing and livelihoods of all people.
Finally, the Country Profiles on SDG localization present a brief, country-by-country analysis of the national strategies, coordination mechanisms and reporting processes related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Most importantly, they highlight the involvement and, in many cases, the leading role of LRGs towards SDG localization
All these reports share the ultimate goals of the GTF with respect to the HLPF: to raise awareness of the critical actions undertaken by LRGs to achieve the SDGs and to foster transformative action; to shed light on the challenges LRGs face in this endeavor in order to improve collaboration with national governments, among other efforts; and to underscore the opportunities that arise from a collective movement working hand-in-hand to accelerate action towards achieving the 2030 Agenda, and, amongst others, SDG 5 on gender equality.
Stay tuned for the launch of the three reports at the HLPF LRGs’ Day (Monday, 11 July)!