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The quest for localisation at the High Level Political Forum 2018

The Quest For Localisation At The High Level Political Forum 2018

The High Level Political Forum 2018 (HLPF), which is the primary institution for the examination of the 2030 Agenda is congregating for the sixth time from 9 – 18 July in New York. This year’s main theme is Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies“.

The Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, which is supported by UCLG, will be co-organising the Local and Regional Governments’ Forum on 16 July in cooperation with UNDESA, UN-Habitat and the Local2030 network. The forum will offer the possibility to engage with the role of Local and Regional Governements in the implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda.

Local and regional governments’ delegation at the HLPF

An integral part of the review mechanisms of the 2030 Agenda is the realisation of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) which enable the sharing of best practices as well as challenges, and are thus important for a swift implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Furthermore, voluntary national reviews aim to create multi-stakeholder support and increase partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs. 

At the 2018 HLPF, the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments will showcase their second report on the localisation of the SDGs, in which an analysis of the impact of localisation on institutional relationships between different levels of governance is provided, as well as an examination of the role of local and regional governments in the definition of each country’s VNR.

On July 17 the Global Taskforce, together with Local 2030 will co-host the “Local2030: Local Action for Global Commitments Special Event”, which aims to investigate the problems and possibilities local leaders encounter when implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. This event will build on debates from 16 July and will take a look at the steps to be taken for speeding up local action in the domains of finance, data, local government capacities in humanitarian and conflict settings, as well as climate action and clean energy.

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