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High Level Political Forum

Local and Regional Governments’ Forum

High Level Political Forum

United Nations - 16 July 2018

Global Taskforce
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Localizing the SDGs: Local and Regional Governments as drivers of change 
Presentation of the GTF report to the HLPF 
13.15 - 14.15 •
UN HQ, Conference Room 11
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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

Local and regional governments' delegation programme

The Local and Regional Governments’ Forum – which will be taking place on July 16th – is a milestone for our constituency’s participation at the global stage. The Local 2030 Hub (July 17th) is also a key event towards the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



  • Local 2030 Hub: July 17th,  08:00 – 17:30h

See the programme overview

Local and Regional Governments' Delegation preparatory meeting 

(by invitation only)

Context: The Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments (GTF) is a coordination and consultation mechanism that brings together the major international networks of local governments to undertake joint advocacy work relating to global policy processes. It was set up in 2013 to bring the perspectives of local and regional governments to the SDGs, climate change agenda and New Urban Agenda in particular.

The Global Taskforce convenes elected local and regional leaders from around the world in the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments, whose role in the follow-up of the New Urban Agenda is recognized in the Quito Outcome Document.

Thanks to its success in its first three years of work, the Global Taskforce enjoys a renewed mandate post-Habitat III to collaborate on recommendations in key policy areas and to facilitate follow-up on the implementation of the major global agendas at local level, including the 2030 Agenda. Therefore, the High-Level Political Forum, as the main political follow-up mechanism of the development goals, is a key moment for the GTF.

Participants: Partner organizations and the delegation of local and regional governments.

Format: Preparatory working meeting towards the High-Level Political Forum.



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Local and regional governments forum

Representatives of local and regional governments, Member States, and other stakeholders will be invited to contribute with their experiences, including challenges, and key opportunities on the following themes:

10am-10:30am: Opening
Opening statements and setting the scene: High-Level Panel

10:30am-1:00pm: Morning session
Session theme: Localization of the 2030 Agenda - Local and regional governments' work towards implementation of the SDGs         

  • Panel 1: SDG 11 and its interlinkages with the other SDGs under in-depth review: progress and key challenges for implementation
    • Concrete initiatives of implementation by local and regional governments, examined through case studies directly related to the implementation of SDG 11 and the other SDGs, including examples of efforts which address multiple  SDGS simultaneously.
  • Panel 2: Local and regional governments’ engagement in the preparation of Voluntary National Reviews
    • Best practices and examples from past and 2018 Voluntary National Reviews.
  • Panel3: The importance of integrated territorial planning to achieving the SDGs
    • Examples of how multi-level (local, regional, state, national, global) governance on land use planning, resiliency, disaster risk reduction, transportation, and water and sanitation promotes the reduction of territorial inequalities and accelerates efforts to leave no one behind.

3:00am-5:55pm: Afternoon session 
Session theme: Innovative Means for Local Implementation of the SDGs

  • Panel 4: Exploration of options for local financing beyond traditional measures
  • Panel 5: Local & sub-national monitoring of the SDGs
    • The importance of municipal and regional data collection, including available tools and mechanisms for localized data collection
  • Panel 6: Synergies and coherent implementation of multiple international agreements at the local level
    • Local strategies for coordinated implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, the Sendai Framework, Istanbul Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries governance on land use planning, resiliency, disaster risk reduction, transportation, and water and sanitation promotes the reduction of territorial inequalities and accelerates efforts to leave no one behind.

5:55am-6:00pm: Closing
Key messages and take-aways

Detailed programme available at the end of June

    Local Action for Global Commitments 

    UNHQ New York, Conference Room 1
    17 July 2018, 8.30am - 6.30pm

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    Context: With the launch of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in 2015, a series of challenges and opportunities have arisen with regard to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Notably, cross stakeholder concerns are focused at the local level and, specifically, on reaching those communities left furthest behind.

    In collaboration with the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, the multi-stakeholder coalition Local2030 is bringing together a cross-section of experts from the public, private, and non-governmental sectors to work with local leaders and representatives from multiple United Nations agencies. This Local2030 event will build on the Local and Regional Government Forum discussions from 16 July.

    The core of this multi-stakeholder event will be to explore and agree on solutions to the main challenges local leaders face in relation to accelerating and strengthening the implementation of all SDGs. Data, financing, capacity building in humanitarian and conflict settings, and climate action & clean energy will be at the epicentre of these forthcoming Local2030 discussions.

    Participants:  Member states, leaders from local governments, UN agencies, the private sector, academia and civil society organizations.

    Format: The event will consist of an opening high-level overview, moderated discussions, audience participation, and thematic sessions. The meeting will be open to the press, and will include webcast and interpretation services (as needed).