We are happy to announce the first report of activities of UNDP SDG Local Action, a project under the UN SDG Action Campaign that supports local and regional governments in achieving the 2030 Agenda.

The report covers the period of 2022-2023, showcasing how UNDP supports local and regional governments’ efforts to implement the SDGs, generates knowledge through learning and trend identification, and gives visibility to SDG local action through advocacy and communication assets.

Report highlights

UNDP, in cooperation with AICCRE Venice operated the Venice City Care Pavilion, opened at St. Marks Square in Venice during September to November 2023. The Pavilion showcased how cities are innovating service delivery to enhance the well-being of their citizens. It attracted visitors from a specialized audience of architects, planners, and city enthusiasts. This marked the first occasion where local governments had a physical presence within the framework of the Venice Biennale for Architecture.

UNDP generated knowledge about pressing issues that local governments are facing for SDG implementation. During 2023, we organized four webinars through our new SDG Local Solutions series — click on the images below to learn more:

In July 2023, we launched our website, having produced 25 stories, 27 news articles, and 12 blog articles about how local and regional governments are locally implementing Agenda 2030. The website was visited by more than 5,800 users and achieved 43,000 event counts (number of interactions). We created our X (former Twitter) account in February 2023, having acquired 281 followers and published content that was viewed more than 34,000 times (number of impressions) in 2023. In 2022-2023, we promoted more than 69 original videos on our Youtube channel and counted with 270 subscribers. Moreover, in 2023, we started producing multilingual newsletters in English, Spanish and French that are sent to tailored audiences, totaling more than 2,000 subscribers.

UNDP also acts as an implementing partner of the Global Mayors Challenge, a competition designed to spark innovative and replicable ideas for improving cities, and the lives of people living in them. The Challenge is led by 8 municipalities that won the 2021 edition, supported by UNDP, including the Amman is Listening data platform in Jordan; the Home Assistance in Bogota, Colombia; the AgriBOOST project to connect farmers and consumers in Butuan, Philippines, the Biciclando waste collection in Hermosillo, Mexico; the Freetown the Treetown to offset the carbon emissions of the trees in Freetown, Sierra Leone; the Kigali smart waste collection and water provision, in Rwanda; the Kumasi revolving fund to build household toilets, in Ghana and the Cold Room project in Rourkela, India, providing safe spaces for farmers to sell their fresh produce.

We were also present at the main global events where local governments bring their voices and contribution to the implementation of the UN development agenda, such the VII Local and regional government forum at the HLPF, the SDG Summit and the COP 27 in Sharm el Sheik.

You can download the report here