Localizing the SDGs: Regional Perspectives on Decentralized Cooperation

Findings of the implementation of Learning Module 4: Localizing the SDG through Decentralized Cooperation

With less than eight years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the important contribution of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) becomes increasingly timely and significant. At the same time, the trend of cities and regions to look to their peers for networking, knowledge and support, as they grapple with responding to a set of complex urban and local challenges, has also come into the global policy spotlight. It is not surprising therefore, that the critical role of decentralized cooperation (DC) in implementing and localizing the SDGs warrants serious attention. In this regard, the regional sections of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) have over the years embarked on unique journeys supporting the LRGs to implement and localize the Global Agenda through DC. These journeys, although largely undocumented and without diaries, have contributed significantly to the local governments and municipal movement.

In this summary report, we share key lessons learnt from the practices and perspectives that came up during the rollout of UCLG’s Learning Module 4 “Localizing the SDGs through Decentralized Cooperation”, implemented in a partnership with UCLG Learning, Platforma and the respective UCLG Regional Section’s staff in charge of learning between 2021-2022.

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