On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an UN Summit — came into force. These new Goals that universally apply to all countries including in Europe, should mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The SDGs are not legally binding but all levels of governments are expected to take ownership and establish frameworks for achieving the 17 interconnected Goals.
Many of the SDGs are part of the daily activities of local and regional governments: even if they are not aware, many local governments are taking actions to implement the SDGs (education, health, water and sanitation, waste management, public transports, housing, gender equality, participative urban planning, disaster risk prevention, environment impact, air pollution and climate change mitigation and adaptation, decentralised cooperation, etc.), even if they do not use the SDGs as such.
Objective of this exercise
This year, fourteen EU Member States will report on the implementation of SDGs at the UN High-Level Political Forum in July, 9th-18th 2018 . It will be important that associations of local and regional governments contribute to those national reports with the local perspective.
In order to show what European local governments do towards sustainable development in general and/or the SDGs in particular, we will develop a publication with good practices about local and regional governments’ actions on SDGs, based on your answers to the following questionnaire. It will help us analyse the actions already taken by local governments in Europe, for the strategic design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the SDGs.
Expected results for CEMR and PLATFORMA, and for their members
As CEMR and PLATFORMA, we intend to use this publication to support four strands of work: - Awareness raising of our constituencies about SDGs: associations of local and regional governments and their members; - Awareness raising of EU institutions on the role that local governments play in the achievement of the SDGs, informing the work of the European Commission (EC) on the implementation of the SDGs in Europe and in partner countries (CEMR has been selected as member of the EC multi-stakeholder platform), and contributes to the EC sixth Reflection Paper 'Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030' on the follow-up to the SDGs; - Support to our members for the National Voluntary Reporting process, providing them with examples of actions and good practices; - Lobbying at international level: feeding in the report of the Global Task Force of local and regional governments to the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2018, and contributing with data collection and analysis for Europe to the three-year GOLD V report on SDGs of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).