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ESDN Quarterly Report October 2017

Experiences and Governance Mechanisms at the Local and Urban Level for SD and 2030 Agenda Implementation

by Eric Mulholland & Alessia Bernardo

This Quarterly Report (QR) will focus on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local and urban level. The local or urban level is often described as the level that is able to affect the greatest amount of change when it comes to sustainable development, as it is the level that is closest to citizens, businesses, and other stakeholders, and is argued to be able to understand their needs better than other, more encompassing levels, such as the regional or national level. Many of the practical examples that are described in this QR were chosen based on the 15th ESDN Workshop, which focused on local/urban level implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, where many of the local/urban level examples in this Report were presented in keynote presentations.

Although the 2030 Agenda attributes responsibility for the implementation of the 17 SDGs to the national level, the local and urban levels have their part to play in the effective implementation of the SDGs. Cities, municipalities, and communities were felt to be so vital to the successful attainment of the SDGs that there is one SDG (SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) that specifically targets the local level, including both the urban and municipal level. SDG 11 is accompanied by a subset of targets, which is further disaggregated into indicators that all levels can use to measure their progress towards this particular SDGs, which can be seen below in Table 1. Municipalities and cities should attempt to address the this SDG, as many of the sub-goals and indicators that cities and municipalities will be addressing with SDG 11 have spill-over effects into other SDGs, such as SDG 8 (good jobs and economic growth) and SDG 13 (climate action). Being able to address many of the other SDGs within this singular SDG, provides municipalities and cities with the opportunity and flexibility to determine how implementation best suits their needs and local contexts.

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