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VII LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS FORUM

The Seventh edition if the Local and Regional Governments Forum will take place on 11th July 2024 as a Special event of the 2024 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), where Mayors, Governors and Local government associations will report on progress and contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event is co-organized by UNDESA, UNDP, UN-Habitat, Local 2030 and the Global Taskforce of local and regional governments.

This event is open to all registered participants of the 2024 HLPF. Member states delegates, UN Staff, and other stakeholder who have a valid UN grounds pass are welcome to attend the event in person without registration.

For those not included in these categories, please register using this link: https://indico.un.org/event/1012298/. Deadline: 2 July 2024 by 5PM EDT

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Building on past editions, this year’s Forum will place special emphasis on how high-impact coalitions led by local and regional governments are driving progress on Agenda 2030. Focusing on the five SDGs under review at the 2024 HLPF: poverty eradication, hunger alleviation, climate action, peace, justice, and strong institutions, and partnerships for the Goals.

At the heart of discussions will be the role of Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) and Voluntary Subnational Reviews (VSRs) in driving policy transformation towards SDG attainment, alongside their synergy with Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). As stakeholders converge, the LRGF will serve as a platform for the exchange of key messages and inputs towards both the Summit of the Future in September 2024 and the World Social Summit slated for 2025.

Bringing together local, regional, and national governments, alongside representatives from the United Nations and diverse stakeholders, the forum aims to galvanize support for high-impact localization policies, multilevel governance, and innovative financing mechanisms. With objectives centered on showcasing effective localization policies and fostering coalitions in alignment with the SDG Rescue Plan, the LRGF embodies a collective endeavor towards closing the gap in SDG implementation.

More information, concept note and registration available at

https://sdgs.un.org/events/2024LRGF