Renewal and expansion of the Global Partnership Initiative (GPI) on the role of Local and Regional Governments in Effective Development

Besides producing the Nairobi Outcome Document, which recognizes the critical role of local governments to achieve international commitments, the 2nd High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (28 November – 1 December 2016 – Nairobi, Kenya) has also led to the renewal of the Global Partnership Initiative (GPI) on ´Shaping National Development Agendas: the Role of Local and Regional Governments in Effective Development´.

The GPIs are voluntary initiatives led by different types of development actors to advance implementation of development initiative principles, and this one, aimed at strengthening the active involvement of local and regional governments in the definition, implementation and delivery of the SDGs at national and local levels, is entering a phase of expansion.

Currently counting with the participation of the European Commission and other networks of local and regional governments (UCLG, UCLG Africa, PLATFORMA, Commonwealth Local Government Forum and International Association of French Speaking Mayors) planned events of this GPI already include:

  • Four pilot multi-stakeholder dialogues on development policies, organized by local government associations, and six pilot actions for the localization of the SDGs, developed by CLGF in Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Dominica;
  • A “training of trainers” module on Localizing the SDGs, developed by UCLG, UNDP, UN-Habitat and the city of Madrid, to be taught to 25-30 representatives of local government associations and cities in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa during the UCLG Executive Bureau in April;
  • And a joint experts event on localizing the SDGs in Europe, organized by PLATFORMA and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, that will be held on 29 May 2017, in Brussels.