Why localizing global agendas matters to address urbanization, climate change

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Localizing global agendas does not mean local implementation of programs and strategies decided at a higher level – it requires a two-way approach where national goals and priorities derived from the global agendas are matched with and shaped by local needs and priorities as determined by local stakeholders. If this happens, the agendas do not remain abstract and aloof but instead become “the DNA of what governments (including local governments) are doing”, as one participant put it. Global associations of local government such as United Cities and Local Governments are working hard to make the voice of local governments heard in the debates about the global agendas, emphasizing the potential energies that can be set in motion by well-designed implementation strategies that involve local governments.

Read the entire blog entry by Claudia Buentjen.