In collaboration with: Local 2030, United Nations Development Programme, UN-Habitat and Global Taskforce of local and regional governments
The Agenda 2030, and the 17 SDGs that are at its core, cannot be achieved without successful implementation at the local level, which makes them a reality for communities, households and individuals, particularly the most vulnerable and those at risk of being left behind. Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) should thus be able to capture not only what central governments are doing, but also what local and regional governments as well as other local stakeholders are doing in support of SDG implementation.
In this connection, many Member States are engaging local stakeholders on SDG localization, including in the process of elaborating VNRs. Additionally, a number of local and regional governments have been engaging in preparing voluntary local reviews, bringing along local data and their specific perspectives on local implementation of the SDGs.
Local data is critical for tracking progress on the SDGs. Since many of the SDG targets fall under the responsibility of local and regional governments (e.g., waste collection, health and education services), it is essential that national statistical systems can obtain and incorporate local data produced by local governments, local communities, universities and research centers.
Against this background, the Lab will discuss how countries are responding to the need to reflect the local implementation of the 2030 Agenda in VNR reports; how local and regional governments have been integrated in the VNR process; and challenges and opportunities as related to the localization of the SDGs.
Contact: Kim3 @ un.org