European Territories Localise the SDGs | Making this the Decade of Action
This study gathers the most recent information on how and to what extent associations and networks of local and regional governments have been involved in the localisation of the SDGs, both in Europe and with their global peers, and in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s survey therefore included questions on the SDGs’ implementation since 2015 and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. In the last two sections, there were also additional questions regarding Voluntary Subnational Reviews (VSR) and decentralised cooperation.
Resilience for Ensuring Inclusive Local Communities and the SDGs
As institutions grapple with the multiple challenges facing communities the term resilience has emerged as a concept that offers the promise of coherence. It has the capacity to help policy makers
from all sectors make sense of a seemingly ever more dynamic context. This paper aims to provide a resource for local government stakeholders – local government officials, elected representatives as well as central government counterparts with a mandate to support and enable effective and efficient local government. […]
A Review of Mentoring Programmes for Women’s Political Advancement and Leadership
SDG 5 is an urgent call for action to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The purpose of this paper is to review existing mentoring programmes for women’s political participation, leadership and advancement with focus on those supported by partners of CLGF, the ComWLG Network and PLATFORMA in the Commonwealth and beyond. The review is designed to offer a snapshot of select programmes, their salient features and lessons learned in the implementation.
The SDGs in municipal policy | A manual for local governments
This booklet was written as a guide to help local government actors in connecting the SDGs to their mandates and daily tasks, across all sectors and areas. As a first step, the booklet can act as a
checklist for those wondering how their own work is related to the goals. But the intention is more than that: we hope to inspire decision makers and staff to venture into new grounds, and to jointly develop or enhance policies and actions that contribute to multiple SDGs in conjunction. We are happy to share this booklet with our international partners. We also wish to mention our Flemish colleagues (VVSG) whose work on similar issues has been a source of inspiration. […]
The Sustainable Development Goals in the municipal council | A guide for municipal councillors worldwide with examples from the Netherlands
Over 90 Dutch municipalities are members of VNG International’s Gemeenten4GlobalGoals (‘Municipalities4Globals’) campaign. For over several years now, the campaign has designed guides for municipalities to support their journey to incorporate and internalise the 17 SDGs. The initiative for this brochure for council members stemmed from the growing initiative and enthusiasm that an be observed in municipal councils to put the SDGs on the map locally and to get started. Global Goals, local action. […]
Visualizing SDGs in Cities
The 2020 edition of Venice City Solutions 2030 organised by AICCRE was held for the first time solely online. This was a challenge and an obligatory choice, given the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the fall of that year, which nevertheless proved to be a good opportunity in terms of participation, as the remote mode encouraged connection to the event from all latitudes. […]
European Territories Localise the SDGs | Continuity and Change in Times of Covid-19
A global pandemic, social crises, conspiracy theories: a veritable hurricane is blowing through the organisation of our societies, defying elected representatives. The Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) could be an answer because their framework sets a clear, common goal, entailing a shared responsibility. They aim at the implementation of public services, which are concrete results of the organisation of a society, for and by the citizens.
The ambition of this publication is to help understand how to apply this framework, how to make it real thanks, in particular, to the role of associations of local and regional governments in Europe. This publication contributes to overcoming this impasse and improving social harmony, in Europe and beyond.
Municipalities and regions take action on Global Citizenship Education – The road towards 2030
Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR)/Global Citizenship Education (GCE) can cultivate the spirit of the 2030 Agenda because it helps acquiring missing knowledge on global
interconnections and creates spaces for enquiries.
Whilst old constraints still remain and new challenges are appearing, local and regional governments continue to innovate, experiment and work hand in hand with key partners, including
with their peers across the globe, to find new solutions and achieve their ambitions.
Discover in this publication how local and regional governments are active in supporting learning and fostering changes in a context of socio-economic recovery plans.
The work of EU delegations with local and regional governments for development
This study takes PLATFORMA one step further in its efforts to strengthen the relationship between local and regional governments and their representative national associations and the EU.
It examins how EU Delegations engage with local and regional governments and what their views are on the current work and the potential of engaging towns and regions as effective actors for development cooperation in the future. […]
Raising citizens’ awareness through development education
Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) are natural lines of action for local and regional governments active in development cooperation and tie in perfectly with their territorial strategies.
Awareness-raising among citizens, through the action of municipalities and regions, remains a core component of the co-responsibility, solidarity, mutual knowledge and mutual understanding needed to mobilise and unite communities.
Discover this Success Stories Collection which aims to showcase concrete, impactful and transformative experiences of local and regional governments and their associations actively engaged in DEAR projects and decentralised cooperation strategies. […]
Learning Module 4: Localizing the SDGs through Decentralized Cooperation – The Trainer’s Guide
UCLG has joined forces with PLATFORMA to create the present training module on how to link decentralized cooperation to the SDGs. This is the fourth UCLG Learning Module. […]
The 2030 Agenda through the eyes of local and regional governments’ associations
Five years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the terms “Sustainable Development Goals” and “global goals” are becoming increasingly familiar and better understood, including among local and regional governments and their national associations. However, understanding is not synonymous with ‘adoption’. Let’s discover the progress made by Europe’s municipalities, regions and their national associations in working with and towards achieving the SDGs.[…]
GOLD V report – The Localization of the Global Agendas – European region
Europe is one of the regions where decentralization is strongly embedded in institutions and policies in many countries. However, local and regional governments have experienced major challenges and reforms in their institutional environment in the past years that have impacted the scope of their responsibilities, resources and autonomy. The 2030 Agenda has become an opportunity for them to influence policy-making processes, to advocate for an improved enabling environment and a multilevel governance approach, and to strengthen citizens’ participation mechanisms.
The SDGs: Global Commitment, International Cooperation, Local Action | An Aid for Local Governments
This brochure is an aid to local government politicians and staff who want to include this international dimension of the SDGs in their policies and practices. It describes different options for doing so. It starts with various forms of international partnerships between local governments, as Global Goal 17 explicitly defines the relevance of global partnerships for the achievement of the other
16 goals. It then moves to possibilities that municipalities have to link the SDGs to their international economic relations. And it concludes with several examples of how local governments can promote global education and awareness raising about the SDGs. […]
How local & regional government associations bring the SDGs to life
Four years into Agenda 2030, it is clearer than ever that a global shift requires local action. But how are local and regional governments, and their associations, paving the way towards sustainable development?
Find out about how they are bringing international ambitions to territorial realities. By overcoming constraints, exchanging innovative practices and working together in Europe and around the globe, towns and regions are striving to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
A concise overview: How EU member states national and regional programmes…
The aim of this study, carried out by VNG International, is to provide an overview of the available national and regional programmes that stimulate, facilitate and finance decentralised development cooperation initiatives of EU local and regional governments and their partners in EU partner countries.
It also shows the need for new, innovative EU instruments and programmes for decentralised development cooperation such as CONNECT, developed by VNG International and PLATFORMA between 2016-2019.
The Local Business Environment and Decentralised Cooperation
National business environment reform does not always lead to an improvement of business conditions at the local level. But through decentralised cooperation, local and regional governments can lead reforms that support business growth, create jobs and drive innovation.
The first objective of this study is to show that improving local business environment requires building the capacity of local and regional governments in partner countries and promoting decentralisation reforms.
The second objective is to show the potential contribution of decentralised cooperation to help local and regional governments undertake business environment reforms and advocate for decentralisation reforms.
Decentralised cooperation in the Mediterranean and the Middle East
This mapping of Italian decentralised cooperation projects in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East prepared by the Tuscany Region combines a quantitative analysis on the data relating to all cooperation projects promoted in the Mediterranean basin and a qualitative survey on some of the most significant experiences in this area.
It is a useful tool to all other European regions active in decentralised cooperation in the Mediterranean.
Sensibiliser les citoyens aux actions de coopération décentralisée (only in French)
De l’aide au « tiers-monde » aux Objectifs de développement durable, quels sont les outils disponibles pour mobiliser dans les territoires, et quels sont les partenaires prêts à s’engager ?
Cette publication, qui présente des exemples concrets de mobilisation d’acteurs de la société civile et de militants associatifs, propose également des suggestions pour agir ensemble dans un contexte politique et budgétaire contraint.