In context

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant impacts on development sectors around globally, in the Asia-Pacific region, with Indonesia being no exception.

It has also affected the 2030 Global Agenda of achieving all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets at the national and local level.

With only less than 10 years to go, SDGs implementation policy at the local level needs to be improved and accelerated, so that absolutely no one is left behind.

Why localising SDGs?

Localising the SDGs refers to creating a network and platform that supports the on-the-ground delivery of the SDGs, with a focus on those furthest behind. It is a convergence point between local and regional governments and their associations, national governments, businesses, community-based organisations and other local actors, and the United Nations system.

The global Local2030 network supports local leaders in collaboratively incubating and sharing solutions, unlocking bottlenecks and implementing strategies that advance the SDGs at the local level.

Therefore, Local Government is at the heart of successful and inclusive SDGs implementation, both in Indonesia and all around the world – particularly as a body of government closest to communities.

This is part of UCLG ASPAC’s ongoing advocacy to ensure a good enabling environment for localising SDGs, by empowering local governments and its associations.


UCLG ASPAC, in close collaboration with Association of Indonesian Municipalities (APEKSI), and supported by European Union, undertakes its role as part of Global Taskforce through the creation of a SDGs localising program in Indonesia.

LOCALISE or Leadership, Ownership, Capacity for Agenda 2030 Local Implementation and Stakeholders Empowerment, builds its foundation on the Indonesian Presidential Decree No. 59 of 2018 concerning SDGs Implementation as the national legal umbrella. It aims to support local governments (LGs) and their associations (LGAs) in planning, implementing, and monitoring the SDGs at the local level.


First of all, it is aimed at strengthening the capacity of local governments (LGs ) and their associations (LGAs) in planning, implementing, and monitoring the SDGs at the local level, in 16 provinces and 14 cities in Indonesia, as well as building a strong network with local governments in Indonesia and other countries, alongside other development actors.

Specific Objectives:

  • To strengthen the capacity of LGs in performing their legal and institutional mandates to tackle poverty through the application of SDGs indicators in their policies and planning.
  • To enhance the institutional and operational capacities of LGAs to enable them in performing their main functions such as advocacy, lobbying, coordination, technical services, capacity building and knowledge sharing in raising awareness of SDGs among their members.


Main Activities

  1. Improving institutional, operational capacities, accountability, and transparency of local governments by incorporating SDGs into their policy-making processes through awareness raising and capacity building.
  2. Establishing mechanisms to engage LGs in dialogue, coordination, and exchange with central government, citizens knowledge, identify local best practices and showcase them within the global level. Establishing a shared platform on SDGs, such as the LOCALISE SDGs website.
  3. Developing modules and conducting trainings on city diplomacy for sustainable development.

Project Outcomes

  1. Localised SDGs implementation
  2. Enhanced role of LGAs using the SDGs shared platform in the formulation of nation/sector policies which affects the local level as well as service provision.
  3. Enhanced capacity of LG officials in conducting foreign or international cooperation according to SDGs 17 in order to effectively deliver public services and to take measures to promote inclusive and sustainable growth.

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