The Commonwealth Local Government Conference has started in Kigali, Rwanda on the 14th of November 2023 with a high level of participation from local governments and cities from all 56 Commonwealth countries. UNDP Local Action, together with CLLG and the city of Kigali is organizing a side event with the title “How Agenda 2030 is helping cities innovate and scale up local projects” that will be held on Thursday 16th November at the Kigali Convention Center in Kigali.

The session aims to inspire mutual learning and provide participants with useful practical solutions to apply to their own contexts, inspired by the Agenda 2030.

For example, Kigali is introducing a comprehensive solution that utilizes innovations in storm water capture, flood mitigation, and smart waste-sensor technologies to reduce residents’ dependency on commercial water and keep solid waste from polluting the water supply.

Rourkela, in India, is implementing the Cold Rooms project, operated by women self-help groups to address the high rates of difficult conditions experienced by farmers and vendors, including exposure to extreme weather, multiple drivers of cost that reduce the viability of low-volume production as well as a marketplace void of clear market signals. The Cold Rooms project will provide farmers a place to store their produce thus reducing distress selling and increasing the shelf life of farmer produce. Also, the project will facilitate creating a link between farmers and the market of buyers, providing increased stability in the sale price and volume capacity.

In Kenya, Homa Bay County is accelerating the promise of leaving no one behind through systematic community participation, social accountability, and innovation to localize SDGs and drive change in service delivery.

Join us to share the experiences and challenges of cities that are being inspired by Agenda 2030 to innovate their local action and build sustainable cities.

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