In 2018, the High-Level Political Forum – the United Nation’s central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda – will focus on the theme, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. Sustainable Development Goals 6 [Clean Water and Sanitation], 7 [Affordable and Clean Energy], 11 [Sustainable Cities and Communities], 12 [Sustainable Consumption and Production], 15 [Life on Land], and 17 [Partnerships for the Goals] will be under in-depth review.
While the inclusion of a stand-alone goal on Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11) highlights the importance of municipal and regional solutions for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, the successful implementation of SDG 11 will also have widespread and cross-cutting significance on most of the other SDGs.
Paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda ensures that the High-Level Political Forum supports the participation of local governments in follow-up and review processes. Local and regional governments have a wealth of valuable experience in the “localization” of the 2030 Agenda, where they provide leadership in the mobilization of a wide range of stakeholders, the facilitation of “bottom-up” and inclusive processes, and the formation of multi-stakeholder partnerships. This work directly supports the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies, the thematic focus of the 2018 HLPF.
Given the important role that local and regional governments play in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, a Local and Regional Governments Forum will be organized during the 2018 HLPF, in partnership with leading urban and regional development organizations, with the following objectives:
Highlight the cross-cutting and cross-sectoral nature of SDG 11 with the local dimension of all other SDGs, and the important role that local and regional governments play in its implementation
Demonstrate the importance of the urban/territorial lens in accelerating implementation of all 17 SDGs
Share concrete experiences, key challenges, and best practices of local implementation of the 2030 Agenda spearheaded by local and regional governments
Provide a space for interaction and nurturing new collaborations between local and regional governments and Member States, to better coordinate strategies for SDG implementation at all levels of government
Explore opportunities for enhancing national level reporting on SDGs (VNRs) through local level implementation, follow-up and review
Explore opportunities for strengthening regional coordination mechanisms on the monitoring and reporting of SDG targets under Goal 11