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Leaving No Urban Citizens Behind: An Urban Equality Framework for Deploying the SDGs

The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the systematic and intersectional inequalities that urban dwellers experience globally. The authors of the article point out that the SDG localisation may not achieve the aim to "leave no one behind", due to enduring contradictions across the goals, siloed approaches, or the complexities of implementation. They also provide a framework for mobilising "urban equality" through the 2030 Agenda as well as pointing out four key areas for accelerating an urban equality agenda.

Authors: Stephanie Butcher, Michele Acuto, Alexei Trundle
Publisher: One Earth, Elsevier Inc.
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: Elsevier Inc.

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People-Centered Smart Cities Playbook

This Playbook focuses on the people-centred smart cities framework and it aligns with the New Urban Agenda' shared vision #11 of ''cities for all''. It aims to make policies and programmes more inclusive and responsive to the needs of cities’ inhabitants. In so doing, it provides tools, knowledge and resources for local governments that support putting people at the centre of digital transformation.

Author: Emily Royall
Publisher: UN-Habitat

Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: UN-Habitat

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Guidelines for Voluntary Subnational Reviews

This publication underlines the importance of the Voluntary Subnational Reviews (VSR) for the efforts to build a more sustainable future and achieve the SDGs. The reports are an essential instrument for raising awareness of the 2030 Agenda. The VSR offer great potential for contributing to improvements in local and regional governments' performance towards achieving the SDGs through strengthening multilevel governance and informing local and regional SDG policy. The guidelines highlight which elements will be important for subnational governments to quickly recover from the pandemic and presents guidance for a way forward.

Author: Eline Vermeer
Publisher: UCLG
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: UCLG

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Leading Locally: The Origins and Impact of the Voluntary Local Review

Voluntary Local Reviews are a tool to measure and report to the United Nations on the progress in achieving the SDGs. New York City was the first in the world to implement this process in 2018. In 2019, the city launched the Declaration on the Voluntary Local Review. Since then, over 333 subnational governments have signed onto the Declaration’s three commitments. This report looks at the beginning of the movement and underlines the importance of localising planning, programming, and monitoring of the SDGs to achieve a sustainable future.

Editors: Aissata M.B. Camara, Tanyanika Davis, Oneika Pryce, Christopher Williams, Eduardo Moreno, Naomi Parek
Publisher: NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, UN-Habitat

Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: UCLG

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Lessons Learnt from Previous Local Sustainability Efforts to Inform Local Action for the Sustainable Development Goals

This paper aims to inform local action for the SDGs by combining lessons learnt from the application of a previous major local sustainability agenda, the Local Agenda 21 (LA21). It identifies enablers and constraints to the key elements of LA21. The availability of reliable resources, supportive planning and policymaking practice, competent local actors, and trust between local actors were found to be the most frequent enablers of local sustainability processes in the context of LA21. Finally, the authors discuss the implications of the findings for SDGs implementation at the local level.

Authors: Dianty Ningrum, Shirin Malekpour, Rob Raven, Enayat A. Moallemi
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.

Publication Date: 2022
Copyright: Elsevier Ltd.

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UCLG Local and Regional Governments' Access to EU Innovative Development Financing

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and PLATFORMA, the pan-European coalition of local and regional governments, map the innovative EU financial mechanisms available to support the development and decentralised cooperation activities of local and regional governments (LRGs). They identify current and future opportunities, constraints, and modalities of access for LRGs. The emphasis of this joint study is on the Global South and on the EU Southern Neighbourhood. Lastly, it gives recommendations on how to best access and engage in development programming processes in the context of the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.

Authors: Jamie Simpson, Euan Crispin, Triple Line Consulting Ltd
Publisher: UCLG
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: UCLG

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Facilitator and Organizer Guide: Gender-Responsive Local Economic Development: Basic Level Course for Local Government Officials

The facilitator and organiser guide "Gender-responsive local economic development planning and implementation" was developed as part of the Inclusive and Equitable Local Economic Development Program (IELD). It aims to increase the capacity of local and regional governments for gender-equitable local economic development policies, interventions, and public and private sector investments. The basic level course, co-implemented by UNCDF, UNDP and UN Women, focuses on public and private local investments as well as local economic planning and implementation.

Authors: UNCDF, UNDP and UN Women
Publisher: UNDP
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: UNDP

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Report on Sustainable Competitiveness of Cities Worldwide (2020-2021)

The fifth annual report from the cooperative research project by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and UN-Habitat focuses on sustainable urban competitiveness, urban land and urban finance. It aims to promote the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda through the assessment of urban competitiveness. This edition of the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) provides an indicator system for the economic and sustainable competitiveness of more than 1000 cities.

Authors: Ni Pengfei, Marco Kamiya, Guo Jing, Zhang Yi et al.
Publisher: National Academy of Economic Strategy, CASS, UN-Habitat
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: National Academy of Economic Strategy, CASS, UN-Habitat

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Promoting Peace and Inclusive Governance in the Philippines

Staff members of Mindanao State University (MSU) are involved in implementing training for the self-governing political entity Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and its Local Government Units. The Hague Academy for Local Governance set up a training of trainers programme to strengthen the capacities on inclusive governance and sustainable peace of the eighteen participating professors and staff members. The aim is to create a better understanding of how local governance can foster sustainable peace. In its second round of training, the focus is on Gender and Inclusivity. In this article, two participants give insights into the transformative power of inclusive policies.

Author: The Hague Academy for Local Governance 
Publisher: The Hague Academy for Local Governance
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: The Hague Academy for Local Governance

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Localization Advocacy Report: Policy Briefs and Durable Solutions

This policy brief is the output report of a workshop that brought together 147 organisations in Turkey. It highlights different aspects of social cohesion, economic empowerment, voluntary return and resettlement of refugees and migrants in Turkey and presents policy recommendations. Further, the document underlines how localisation promises more sustainable, cost-effective, and cultural-sensitive implementation of humanitarian responses. The policy brief has been compiled from the results of a workshop funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) as part of the “Support to Local Civil Society to Strengthen Inclusive Durable Solutions for Displacement Affected Populations in Turkey” project.

Author: WATAN Foundation
Publisher: WATAN Foundation
Publication Date: 2021
Copyright: WATAN Foundation

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