SDG Localization Survey (HLPF 2019)
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Introduction
Several major documents have been adopted over the past few years in the framework of the United nations to lead global development policy. The 2030 Agenda, the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Climate Agreements and the Sendai Disaster Risk Reduction Framework are all parts of this international consensus.

This Survey specifically refers to knowledge, awareness and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level. The Survey aims to assist the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments in the realization of a report on local and regional governments’ role in the localization of the SDGs: this information will be shared at the forthcoming High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) - i.e. the United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - in July 2019, in New York.

At the same time, the Survey is designed to assist local and regional governments and their national associations to share knowledge, collect information, develop their own reporting methods and information, as well as contribute to national debates and process of monitoring of the SDGs and the other agendas.

Many SDGs cover activities that are part of the daily work of local and regional governments (education, health, water and sanitation, waste management, public transport, adequate housing for all, gender equality, urban planning, disaster risk prevention, sustainable environment, climate change mitigation and adaptation, among many others). While they may even be unaware of it, many local governments have in fact been taking action to implement the SDGs for years.

With this year’s Forum in sight, the Survey is especially important for the local governments of those 51 countries that have already committed to submit their national reviews to the HLPF in 2019:

- Africa (18): Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, eSwatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Mauritania, Mauritius, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia
- Asia-Pacific (11): Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu
- Eurasia (4): Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan
- Europe (7): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Serbia, United Kingdom
- Latin America (5): Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana
- MEWA (5): Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Turkey (Israel is reporting to the UN but is not part of the UCLG MEWA section)
- North America (1): Saint Lucia

This list, alongside that of the 102 countries that have already reported from 2016 to 2018, is available on the HLPF webpage: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf.

The Survey includes 19 closed questions and 4 open-question boxes divided in three sections:

1. Awareness of the Global Agendas (4 questions)
2. National context for SDG implementation and monitoring (12 questions)
3. Actions of local and regional governments and their associations to support SDG implementation and monitoring processes (9 questions)

Instructions are provided for each question whenever necessary. However, should you need any support when answering the Survey, please contact us at: gold@uclg.org.

Responses for previous Surveys are collected and analysed in the series of local and regional governments’ reports, Towards the localization of the SDGs, presented to UN Member States at the 2017 and 2018 High Level Political Forums.

The key findings of the Surveys show that in 39 countries (out of 99 analysed in total), local and regional governments have been actively involved in national mechanisms for coordination and follow-up on SDG implementation. Local and regional governments’ involvement, however, has hardly been homogeneous, and still depends significantly on regional context.

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