Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
THE 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a cause for celebration for local and regional governments the world over. As the road to global sustainability runs through the world’s cities and towns –as stipulated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, metropolitan areas and local governments will be the center of decision-making and therefore need to be empowered. In fact, around 60% of the 169 targets under the SDGs can only be achieved through the involvement of local stakeholders.
Rooted from the idea that all SDGs are local –from ending poverty to revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development, UCLG Network has a big task to localize these goals, ensuring that they are understood and taken into action by local and regional institutions. Recognizing this, UCLG World came forward with the Learning Agenda that offers a space to test new ideas and methodologies and develop learning spheres and communities of practice to address the specific interests of our members.
Role of UCLG ASPAC
UCLG ASPAC has joined a global task force to advocate the role of local governments in the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. As part of the UCLG Network, UCLG ASPAC has incorporated the SDGs in its Strategic Plans, being determined to support all local and regional governments in acquiring the necessary capacities and resources to implement the SDGs effectively. Together with UCLG World, the ILO and the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities (FSLGA), UCLG ASPAC organized a Workshop in Negombo, Sri Lanka, from 9 to 12 December 2015 to begin addressing the SDG’s at a local level, with a specific focus on SDG 8 around Local Economic Development (LED). The meeting gathered South West Asian members and partners and experts from the Netherlands, the Philippines, Spain and South Africa.
Furthermore in March 2016, UCLG ASPAC and European Commission’s Policy Forum Development organized a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the commitment of SDGs implementation in Indonesia, bringing together key persons and representatives from Indonesia’s local authorities and CSOs. The FGD was a kick-start of a study to identify channels to improve the participation of local authorities and CSOs in the implementation of the SDGs. The study is part of a global study, in which four other countries are participating, namely, Peru, Botswana, Lebanon and the Netherlands.