On May 14, 2019 DeLoG has conducted a webinar, led by Pytrik Oosterhof and Tim Auracher (GIZ) who discussed the key role that local governments play in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the key commitment to ‘leave no one behind’. The webinar has taken place in the context of DeLoG’s ongoing e-learning course ‘Enhancing Development Effectiveness for Decentralisation and Local Governance’ (April 29 – June 23, 2019).
Agreed in the United Nations in 2015, the SDGs constitute an ambitious agenda that will shape development efforts over the next one and a half decades. Up to 65% of SDG targets could be at risk should local urban stakeholders not be assigned a clear mandate and role in the implementation process. The webinar provided background on the SDGs and reflected on where the implementation of the 2030 Agenda stands, particularly in terms of local government involvement. Special attention was paid to the process of “localising the SDGs”, its core elements, practical localising approaches and the challenges associated with them as well as how these approaches are reflected in the Voluntary National Reviews submitted so far by UN member states in the annual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. In addition, a case study from a GIZ Programme offered insights into the particularities and opportunities of localising the SDGs in Benin.
The recording of the webinar is available here:
The Q&A session can be found here:
To view the presentation slides, please click here.
About the experts:
Pytrik Oosterhof is an accomplished Sustainable Development expert with experience in managing global, regional and national policy and program efforts in the area of sustainable development. As a consultant, she supports governments, organisations and stakeholders in the implementation of the SDGs and has among others carried out extensive work on the Voluntary National Review process and SDG localisation efforts for the Asian Development Bank, UN HQ and UNDP. At the United Nations Secretariat in New York, Ms Oosterhof was during 2013-2018 engaged in the preparations, adoption and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs she initially worked on the social dimension of the SDGs and the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’ and later on moved on to deal with the national implementation of the 2030 Agenda as a whole, with a particular focus on the Voluntary National Review Process. Prior to joining the UN, Ms Oosterhof managed partnership cooperation at the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and supported Candidate and Accession Countries in their process of joining the EU as a program manager at the European Commission in Brussels. Ms Oosterhof holds an MA in International Relations/Social Sciences (2003) and a BA in Political Science (2000) from Aalborg University, Denmark.
Tim Auracher is Head of the GIZ Programme ‘Support to Decentralisation and Municipal Development in Benin’, leading a team of about 60. His thematic areas include localising SDGs, Agenda 2030, fiscal decentralisation and local finance, municipal administration, civil society participation and local democracy. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in development, with a focus on governance and DLG in particular (conceptualisation and implementation of projects, knowledge management, consulting). Having joined GTZ for the first time in 2002, Tim Auracher has held several positions in various countries (Senegal, Ghana, Benin, Indonesia, Cambodia) and at GIZ HQ. He studied political science and international studies in Bonn and at the University of Birmingham (UK) and holds a Master degree in political science from the University of Bonn.