The European Committee of the Regions, Eurocities, and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, have joined forces to organize a workshop on the implementation of SDGs at regional and local level. This event will take place during the European Week of Regions and Cities.
Following the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the European Commission is proceeding with the translation of SDGs within the EU. Among other initiatives, it has created a multi-stakeholder's platform on SDGs, where its 30 members, representing a wide variety of interests, advise on SDGs delivery and help to speed up its process. The creation of the platform itself already highlights a new drive towards inclusiveness; it shows that the EU is shifting towards new ways of governance to face the challenge of sustainability, thereby maximizing the potential of all actors to contribute to SDGs.
The event will explore how regions and cities in particular contribute to the implementation of the sustainable development agenda. We will address what sustainable development means at their level, how they translate it on the ground, and the steps involved in "localizing SDGs". It will also be discussed how to link these efforts with progress and support at EU and national levels, as well as the key role of cities and regions in SDGs governance.
This event is directed as much at regions and cities, which are already working on SDGs and are willing to exchange on their experience, as at regions and cities, which are not yet engaged in SDGs but which want to know where to start.
Programme of the event:
It will be debated with leading regions and cities the added-value of their mobilisation on sustainable development, how they translated it on the ground and where to start when you want to "localize SDGs".
It will also be debated how to link these efforts with progress and support at EU and national levels, what kind of governance we need to boost implementation.
14:30 - 14:35: Setting the scene
14:35 - 15:15: Panel 1: SDGs & Europe - Multi-level governance for Europe
Moderator: Bert Kuby, Head of Unit, European Committee of the Regions
15:15 – 15:55: Panel 2: Localising SDGs
Moderator: Dorthe Nielsen, Policy Director, Eurocities
15:55 – 16:00: Conclusion and next step – Angelika Poth-Mogele, Executive Director, CEMR
Interpretation will be available in English, French and Spanish
*This information can be found at the European Committee of the Regions website, where the information was originally published.