Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals: A literature review

LOGIN Asia (2017) The Local Governance Initiative and Network is a multi-stakeholder knowledge exchange platform that promotes greater decentralisation and strengthened local governance in South and East Asia. The review seeks to collate and synthesize the ongoing discourse on the SDGs, highlighting the importance of localisation of the Goals. It aims to provide a ready reference through a collation of available literature on various aspects of implementing the Goal, including localisation.

Localizing Global Agendas in Multilevel Governance Systems: The Benefits of Functional Assignment as Core Element of Decentralization Reforms

Rainer Rohdewohld, ADB Governance Brief, Issue No. 30 (2017) In October 2016, the Habitat III Conference endorsed a "New Urban Agenda" emphasising the challenges of urbanisation, local governance, and urban planning in a sustainable and development-oriented way. These three global agendas are interlinked and interrelated. National governments, subnational governments and their associations, civil society stakeholders, and development partners have engaged in a discourse about "localising global agendas". The challenge of achieving policy coordination in multilevel and multisector settings is not a new one. This Governance Brief argues that achieving the objectives of the global agendas requires informed decisions and deliberate choices to design decentralised governance systems.

Metropolises addressing the global agendas

Metropolis Observatory, Issue Paper Nr. 2 (2017) The new generation of global agendas that will set the guidelines for sustainable development in the coming years addresses the main challenges faced by metropolises and offers a frame of reference for public policies that major cities must promote. This publication analyses the connection between six of the main global agendas on sustainable development and the principal metropolitan challenges.

National and Sub-National Governments on the Way towards the Localization of the SDGs

UCLG (2017) With the contribution of 30 associations of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) this report analyses and complements a total of 63 Voluntary National Reviews in order to monitor the SDG implementation from the perspective of local and regional governments. It pays particular attention to the growing involvement of LRGs in the dissemination and adaptation of the SDGs at local level. At the same time, it collects and reports evidence of the actual, effective bottom-up involvement of local authorities and stakeholders in the 'localization' of the SDGs.

Localizing the SDGs in Colombia, Indonesia and Kenya

Cityscope (2017) What have Colombia, Indonesia and Kenya accomplished in these past two years at the local level — where people receive vital goods and services to live and thrive — in areas such as health, education, water, job training, infrastructure? Have we raised enough financing? Do we have adequate data to measure progress? Some global development leaders have expressed concern that we may not be on track to reach critical SDGs in areas such as health and poverty.

Stakeholders Assess Local, Regional Involvement in Sustainable Development Agendas

International Institute for Sustainable Development (2018) Cities Alliance and adelphi published a report on 'Local and Regional Governments in the Follow-up and Review of Global Sustainability Agendas'.The report outlines recommendations for strengthening synergies between the follow-up and review of the urban dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the New Urban Agenda, and for further involving local and regional governments.

Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Options for India

FLEDGE (2018) The Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance (FLEDGE) launched its new report on SDGs focusing on how they can be localised at village level in India. The report explores the option of positioning the SDGs within the 'Gram Panchayat Development Plans' (GPDP) planning process. To further this, this paper reviews the National Guidelines for Preparation of GPDP in a bid to centralise the SDGs within the planning framework. It is believed that this can facilitate better practice of the constitutional idea of participatory democracy and planning while promoting development toward India's Targets on the Sustainable Development Goals. The Ministry of Panchayat Raj (Government of India) will be using the framework as a part of developing the village level development plans.

Early Views of ASEAN's 'Frontrunner Cities' on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Local Data Management

IGES (2018) The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as one of the core frameworks driving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provided the impetus to design a new phase of the ASEAN ESC Model Cities programme which is aligned to the SDGs. This report aims to present the perspectives and practical viewpoints of stakeholders about localising the SDGs. Therefore, the author conducted surveys among national and local stakeholders who have participated in the Model Cities Programme. The survey covered stakeholders' viewpoints on the SDGs and aimed to uncover their early/first impressions perceptions, expectations and priorities regarding the global goals.

Strengthening Local Government Action in Central Africa

UNDP (2018) The search for the most appropriate means of localising the SDGs is critical to the successful implementation and optimisation of the Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda in Africa. Drawing from research on the state of local governance in Central Africa, the report’s outputs are expected to strategically contribute to the localisation of the SDGs by providing a set of recommendations for fostering inclusive services delivery, enhance local economic development and reinforce related capacities of Local Governments in Africa.

Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation

Global University Network for Innovation (2018) This report by the Global University Network for Innovation provides an overview of the processes and results of the International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals.