DeLoG session at the Africities 8 Summit:
‘Leave No One Behind – by Localising the 2030 Agenda’
In cooperation with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the DeLoG Secretariat organises a session at Africities 8 Summit taking place on November 22. Featuring representatives from AFRISTAT, Local Government Associations, mayors from Burkina Faso and Zambia as well as an input from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the session aims at presenting good practice examples of local and regional initiatives from Africa to implement the SDGs and the implementation of the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’. The challenges and opportunities arising therefrom for local and regional governments will be discussed, as well as the challenges of disaggregating data, which is crucial for recognising and responding to certain inequalities and ensuring accessibility.
The second part of the session will give the participants the possibility to enter a debate regarding the challenges and opportunities for local authorities in how to respond to the 2030 Agenda and its call for measures not to leave the poor and most vulnerable people behind. This comprises access to basic services, inclusion and social cohesion, as these are important factors of sustainable cities and regions.
There will be thematic synergies between this session and the session on ‘Localising the SDGs in Africa’, organised by UCLG. The common objective of the two sessions is to strengthen the localisation of the SDGs in Africa, to promote mutual learning and to foster decentralised cooperation.
The session will conclude with a collection of recommendations of how to strengthen the capacity of local and regional governments in Africa to make further progress in not leaving anyone behind through the localisation of the SDGs.
The goal to ‘Leave No One Behind (LNOB)’ is one of the five key principles of the 2030 Agenda. LNOB is a crosscutting issue that is embedded in many SDGs, targets and indicators of the 2030 Agenda and gives new momentum to inclusive forms of urban governance for implementing the New Urban Agenda (NUA). When implementing the SDGs on the local level, it is imperative to make sure not to leave anyone behind and to reach out to the furthest behind first. This approach opens up opportunities, but also causes challenges, especially regarding the question of how to measure the implementation of LNOB. One example would be the disaggregation of data, which is needed to recognise and respond to inequalities or to ensure access to basic services.