URBANET: Cities in International Agendas: Spotlights on Localising the SDGs and Talanoa Dialogue

URBANET: Cities in International Agendas: Spotlights on Localising the SDGs and Talanoa Dialogue

Cities play a key role for achieving global sustainable development. This has become more visible than ever during this year’s High-Level Political Forum and the review of SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities. Taking on this message, URBANET dedicated its publications in July to the urban dimension of the SDGs under review and to different approaches of “Localising the SDGs”.

With exciting interviews and inspiring stories from the Ivory Coast, India, Ghana, Nigeria, and many others, our authors and interview partners discuss and demonstrate the necessity of approaching the SDGs from a local, urban perspective.

Watch, for example, how Emilia Saiz from UCLG approaches this topic from the governance perspective by aiming at strengthening the voice of local and municipal leaders in international politics; or read about Ghana’s key drivers for successful implementation of the SDGs in an interview with Sylvanus K. Adzornu from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

Besides the 2030 Agenda, cities are also crucial for enhancing climate ambitions and for achieving the Paris Agreement. The Talanoa Dialogue, which was initiated by the Fijian COP23 Presidency, presents an exciting opportunity to showcase the relevance of such multilevel action. Until COP24 in December 2018, URBANET is hosting a series of articles dedicated to subnational actors’ involvement in NDC processes, including experiences from different countries, presentation of good practices and tools, international support processes as well as a review of the first batch of the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues.   


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Photo Credits: Vladimir Kudinov – unsplash.com for picture/file ‘Localizing SDGs’, Amir Sabouri – unsplash.com for picture/file ‘Talanoa Dialog’