A newly published Inter-Agency Policy Brief, aimed at accelerating SDG localization to deliver on the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, has been made available to the public. Prepared by UNDESA, UN-Habitat, and UNDP in close collaboration with the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments and United Cities and Local Governments, with input from the United Nations Regional Commissions: UNECA, UNECE, UNECLAC, UNESCAP, and UNESCWA, this comprehensive brief offers critical insights into local implementation of SDG actions.

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SDG localization involves adapting and customizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fit the needs, context, and priorities of specific regions or localities, in alignment with national frameworks. With over 65% of SDG targets linked to the work and mandates of local and regional governments, these entities play a pivotal role as agents of change in recalibrating global development to better address future challenges.

UNDESA, alongside an inter-agency taskforce of UN entities and other relevant stakeholders, will issue a compilation of policy briefs, providing evidence-based recommendations on various aspects of SDG localization, including data, monitoring, and reporting; multilevel governance; synergies between SDG localization and climate action; and waste and resource circularity.

Download the policy brief here

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