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No. 49 – 04/2020 

Dear Reader


Welcome to issue No. 49 of the DeLoG Newsletter. As usual this edition will showcase the Network’s most recent activities and provide news on upcoming events, courses and an overview of recent publications on 


(1) local governance and decentralisation,   

(2) fragility, post-conflict settings and migration,   

(3) fiscal decentralisation and local finance,   

(4) the 2030 Agenda and localising the SDGs as well as   

(5) urban and territorial governance.   


Just like our members and partners we have not been spared by COVID-19. Therefore, this edition’s content is focused mainly on knowledge regarding the pandemic and how our members and partners as well as local governments are responding to the crisis and where they can find sources for inspiration and helpful tips tailored to their needs.

In this context our personal address carves out the important role of local governance for global challenges with COVID-19 as a prime example and highlights our past activities as a Network to strengthen local governance capacities.


Not everything is about the corona virus though. In May, DeLoG will host two online sessions, one with Partners for Review on “Linking Local SDG Reviews with the National Level” and another with support from VNG on “Local Authorities and the Challenge of Urban Violence”. Even while working from home we are still dedicated toward fostering your knowledge on all issues of relevance to the local.


In our News from our Members and Partners and Additional News sections you will also find information on Open Calls for Proposals to advance sustainable development such as the Dubai International Award for Best Practices, the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award or the SDG Action Awards.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to share your view on complex global issues of today either and take part in the UN’s short survey in celebration of its 75th anniversary and do your part in shaping our common future.


Find all this and much more below!


Can’t get enough? Then feel invited to visit our DeLoG Website. Our Knowledge and Event sections provide you with access to even more publications as well as current courses and webinars offered by our members and partners to be enjoyed from home or follow us on Twitter for daily updates on new publications, current debates or events!


We hope you will be inspired by our latest issue and encourage you to recommend our Newsletter to others. 


All the Best from 

Your DeLoG Team - Stay Healthy!


DeLoG Activities

© DeLoG 2020
  Personal Address by DeLoG Secretariat

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak the DeLoG Secretariat has drawn up a short statement to firstly reflect on the role of local governments to overcome global challenges like the COVID-19 crisis and to secondly consider the obstacles the pandemic poses to our Network of practitioners and development partners as well as next steps.

© Partners for Review 2020
  Save the Date for DeLoG Online Session with Partners for Review (P4R) on "Linking Local SDG Reviews with the National Level"

On the 6 th of May 2020 from 03:00 pm to 04.30 pm CEST Partners for Review (P4R) with support from DeLoG will host a webinar on “Linking Local SDG Reviews with the National Level”. The online session will take place within the framework of the Virtual Networking Days of Partners for Review (P4R), a Transnational Multi-Stakeholder Network for a Robust Review Process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The objective of the session will be to discuss how Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) can benefit from Voluntary Local Reviews (VLR) and what challenges Local and National Authorities will face by linking the two reporting processes. Inputs and concrete experiences will be shared from UCLG, the cities of Buenos Aires and Durban as well as from the national level in South Africa. The event will be moderated by Agnes Luedicke from DeLoG.

© 2022 DeLoG
  Save the Date for DeLoG Webinar with VNG International on "Local Authorities and the Challenge of Urban Violence"

On the 14th of May 2020 from 03:00 pm to 04:30 pm CEST, DeLoG and VNG International will conduct a webinar on pathways for local authorities to deal with protracted urban violence. Around the world, many local authorities in urban areas find themselves challenged by violent crime, which has had an impact on urban services and (social) infrastructure for decades. In order to share experiences and engage in dialogue, the webinar will focus on how local authorities deal with the challenge of protracted urban violence and how they address this in a fragile urban context. This webinar will feature speakers from local authorities, INGOs and academia to share their approaches and findings. The webinar will be open to the public. The registration details for the webinar are available on DeLoG's Website. The webinar is jointly organised by the DeLoG Secretariat and VNG International.
News from our Members and Partners

© UCLG 2020
  Local and Regional Leaders Showcase the Value of Public Services to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

On the 25th of March 2020, UCLG, Metropolis and UN-Habitat launched their new live learning series #BeyondTheOutbreak in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series offers representatives of local and regional governments and partners, civil society and the United Nations an opportunity for virtual exchange on the critical role of local and regional governments for managing the COVID-19 crisis. The cooperation focusses on sharing experiences concerning local government responses virtually, making resources for local governments available online and developing briefings or guidelines to advise governments on how to respond to the pandemic. UCLG, Metropolis and UN-Habitat will offer these live learning sessions on a weekly basis. During the first month, key issues such as housing in crisis, mobility and access to technology in service delivery will take centre stage. For more information and updates on upcoming sessions, contact

© Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License 2020
  Just Launched: New Platform on Collective Responses to Global Health Emergencies - the Cities for Global Health Initiative

As a global pandemic COVID-19 poses a threat not only to citizen’s health worldwide, but to social cohesion, the economy and the infrastructure of countries and cities. Local communities are on the forefront of the crises and are required to develop immediate responses and overcome management barriers. In an effort to promote collective responses and inspire decision-makers and local government bodies, the Cities for Global Health initiative invites local and regional governments from across the globe to share their first-hand experiences with addressing either (1) the COVID-19 pandemic or (2) initiatives designed to face other health emergencies such as sanitary crisis or epidemics. The initiative is co-organised by Metropolis and Alianza eurolatinoamericana de coóperacion entre ciudades and supported by UCLG

© ICLEI 2020
  COVID-19 Resources for Local and Regional Governments

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an urgent challenge to public health in cities and communities across the world. As a result, the outbreak is increasingly affecting the work of local governments. ICLEI is committed to supporting its members with information and resources to help keep citizens safe. Therefore, ICLEI is collecting useful and inspiring resources on its website to share with its network and other interested parties. Besides, providing insights on how the ICLEI network itself is responding to the health crises, additional resources focussed on communication, working remotely, lessons learned and managing the crises from a local government perspective are featured. The page is updated with additional information as soon as it becomes available.

© UCLG 2020
  World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment – Country Profiles Now Available in French and Spanish!

The World Observatory on Subnational Government Finance and Investment (SNG WOFI) provides systematised and comparable data and information on SNG finance and investment worldwide. In doing so, the initiative informs the public debate on fiscal decentralisation at all levels and supports the implementation of the global agendas. Launched in 2019 with the support of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and the Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG), the Observatory is a joint initiative of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UCLG. To increase the Observatory’s outreach the country fact sheets and key findings from the 2019 Report are now being translated from English into French and Spanish. Of the 122 country profiles, 33 are already available in all three languages on the Observatory’s web portal. More translations will follow shortly.

© GIZ 2020
  GIZ’s Decentralisation Programme PDDC in Benin Presents Short Documentary on Promising Practices for SDG Implementation

In 2015, the international community adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Based on principles of implementation, the Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals that aim to eradicate poverty, preserve the environment and ensure the development of more peaceful and inclusive societies. Several municipalities in Benin have had rich experiences in reaching the Agenda. One example is the waste recovery experience of the NGO ReBin in partnership with the municipality of Toffo. It is a circular economy project that highlights the integrated approach by promoting the consideration of three dimensions - social, economic and environmental - to achieve sustainable development of the municipality and society. The video is available in French only.

© OECD 2020
  Highlights of the 2nd OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs Now Available

In July 2018, the UN High-Level Political Forum launched the OECD Programme on “A Territorial Approach to the SDGs”. In this context the 2nd OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for SDGs convened on the 9th of December 2019 at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. Over 130+ representatives from a wide range of cities, regions, national governments, and from the European Commission (DG REGIO, DG DEVCO, JRC) attended the Roundtable, alongside international organisations (UNFCCC, UN SDG Action Campaign), networks of cities and regions (Committee of the Regions, ICLEI, C40, CEMR) and other stakeholders such as the German Development Institute, the Nordic Council of Ministers, ASviS, the Bertelsmann Foundation, among others. The conference highlighted how several cities and regions are starting to use the SDGs to rethink their local and regional policies from the ground up, manage trade-offs between sectoral policies, better assess their performance and engage with a broader range of stakeholders. The 3rd OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs will be held on 22 September 2020 in Viken, Norway (tbc depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic). The Highlights of the 2nd OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs can now be accessed online.

© Dubai International Award for Best Practices 2020
  Dubai International Award for Best Practices - Call for Submissions Open Until End of April

Established in 1995 during the United Nations International Conference in Dubai as an outcome of the Dubai Declaration, the Dubai International Award for Best Practices is awarded by UN Habitat and Dubai Municipality in recognition of the world’s best practices in the area of sustainable urban development, as a result of effective partnerships between public, private and civic sectors. Proposals for the 12th circle of the Award can be submitted until the 30th of April 2020 for five distinct categories: (1) Urban Regeneration and Public Spaces, (2) Construction of Sustainable, Innovative and Smart Buildings, (3) Sustaining Urban Food Systems, (4) Addressing Climate Change and Reducing Pollution and (5) Urban Infrastructure Planning and Management. All sectors, including national and regional governments, local authorities and their associations, non-governmental organisations, multilateral agencies, community-based organisations, research and academic institutions, public and private foundations, media entities and individuals are invited to apply. The Dubai International Award aims to recognise excellence and to create a global and unique knowledge sharing platform for best practices in human settlements. The winners of the overall one million U.S. dollars in prizes will be announced during the Awarding Ceremony of the 12th Circle in November 2020 at the Expo 2020.

© Materialize Theme by TrendyTheme 2020
  2021 EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award - Call for Submissions Now Open

To be awarded for the second time since 2018, the “EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award” honours European cities that contribute to more sustainable trade, consumption and production. With its focus on fair and ethical trade, the Award hopes to raise awareness among EU consumers for the implications of their purchasing decisions on the environment and on other people’s livelihoods, thus contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 12 on responsible consumption and production. By presenting a platform for knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities, the Award also supports cities in connecting with one another and promotes opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and collaboration between cities to increase impact. The Award is open to cities from EU member states with a population of over 20,000 people. Past winners may re-apply after one Award Cycle. Applications can be submitted until the 12th of June 2020.

© Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation 2017
  Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation 2020 - Call for Submissions Now Open

In 2020, UCLG, Metropolis and the city of Guangzhou will award the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation for the 5th time. The award celebrates innovative practices that contribute to the local implementation of the 17 SDGs or the New Urban Agenda. By recognising initiatives that support the development of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements the Award serves as a platform for inspiration for cities around the world. The Call for Submissions will be open until the 1st of July 2020. Proposals will be assessed according to five criteria: innovativeness, effectiveness, replicability/transferability, significance and relevance of the initiative to the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. In July, 45 city initiatives will be shortlisted. These cities will be given the opportunity to feature their projects in chosen publications and will be invited to share their experiences during international events. The top five will be compensated with 20,000 US dollars each.
Additional News

© International Development Studies 2020
  The Impact of COVID-19 in Informal Settlements – Are We Paying Enough Attention?

The coronavirus pandemic has everyone around the world deeply concerned. How should the crisis be dealt with? How can we protect ourselves? New recommendations on how to minimise the probability of infection such as washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or avoiding face to face contact are updated daily. In most cases people try to follow these guidelines in order to ensure the best possible protection for themselves and others. But what if the conditions that you live in do not allow you to comply with these regulations? One billion people live in slums or informal settlements where access to appropriate health care services is limited and water and space are scarce. How can these settlements become more resilient towards the highly pathogenic virus? In her opinion piece Annie Wilkinson, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), prompts us to consider how COVID-19 could impact people living in densely populated and unsanitary environments, and encourages us to think about measures that could mitigate the worst of these impacts.

© European Union 2019
  COVID-19: the EU Committee of Regions to Launch an Exchange Platform to Support Regional and Local Communities Across Europe

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has developed an Action Plan focussed on local and regional governments to provide support and assistance in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. The plan consists of five concrete steps, including the development of an exchange platform to provide local and regional leaders with an opportunity to share their needs and solutions and to enhance mutual support between local communities across Europe. In addition, and as a policy reality check from the ground, it will allow members of the CoR to comment on the EU actions that are already being implemented. The CoR will provide regular and practical information about EU measures, with particular focus on financing opportunities.

© Ariel Dekovic 2020
  How COVID-19 is Affecting the Work of Local Government Sustainability Officers

In her blog piece for CityTalk (ICLEI), marketing and program development expert Ariel Decovic analyses how the work of local government sustainability officers has changed under the influence of the corona pandemic. Ordinarily characterised by close in-person contact, local governments are currently forced to restructure their services to allow for digital access and collaboration. According to Susanne Nolden, an employee at the department of International Affairs and Global Sustainability in Bonn, Germany, one of the biggest challenges she faces is switching from physical events to digital formats for outreach in the SDG-context and collaboration with key stakeholders in light of cancelled workshops and conferences. For many others, it is not the immediate repercussions of the disease on their work life that strike a nerve though, but rather its long-term effects. They are asking: When will it finally be time again to bring the attention back to the other issues relevant for sustainable development and SDG attainment? And how will we do it?

© United Nations Foundation 2020
  UN75 – 2020 and Beyond: Shaping Our Future Together

This year the UN will mark its 75th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion the UN is reaching out to each and every person on the globe with one request: to share their view on the complex global issues our world faces and to shape the future we want together. To start the conversation the UN has launched a brief questionnaire focussed on three central aspects: 1. What kind of future do we want to create? 2. Are we on track? 3. What action is needed to bridge the gap? The survey (accessible here: aims to capture the broadest possible picture of the state of the world in 2020 and to encourage people to brainstorm together to define how enhanced international cooperation can help realise a better world by 2045, the UN’s 100th birthday. To support this effort UCLG has developed an eight-page toolkit that outlines how local governments and their Associations can participate in the United Nations’ UN75 consultation and beyond. It is accessible here.

© UN SDG Action Award 2020
  The SDG Action Awards - Call for Applications Now Open

Initially launched in 2018, the UN SDG Action Awards programme contributes to the up scaling of local initiatives focussed on advancing the global movement of action for the Sustainable Development Goals. Organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign, a special inter-agency initiative of the UN Secretary General, the programme aims to accelerate action towards the achievement of the goals by honouring creative, scalable and transformative local initiatives that mobilise, inspire and connect individuals and organisations dedicated to realising the 2030 Agenda. Since 2018, over 2750 applications from 142 countries have been received. For 2020 applications can be submitted until the 25th of May 2020. Winners will be invited to join and present their work at a special UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony held at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Moreover, they will be recognised as SDG Action partners and have the opportunity to prominently showcase their work throughout the year to raise visibility for their initiative and share their stories with the SDG Action community.

© ICLEI 2020
  European Urban Resilience Forum

When: 27 May 2020 - Where: Converted into an online event - Apply by: Registration open - Organised by ICLEI Europe and the European Environment Agency, the European Urban Resilience Forum provides city representatives and stakeholders from various local and regional institutions with the opportunity to come together in order to exchange and discuss strategies and actions to adapt to climate change and build urban resilience.

© Veletrhy Brno, a.s. 2020
  URBIS Smart City Fair

When: Postponed to 2 - 3 September 2020 - Where: Brno, Czech Republic - Apply by: Registration open - Drawing on a combination of trade fair show and exclusive conference programme, the URBIS Smart City Fair brings together dozens of representatives of Central European cities and municipalities and leaders in innovations in order to share experiences, ideas and examples of specific solutions on how to correctly develop Smart City concepts for cities.

© ICLEI 2020
  9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns

When: 30 September – 02 October 2020 - Where: Currently scheduled to be held in Mannheim, Germany - Apply by: Registration open - Organised every three years by ICLEI and the City of Mannheim, this conference offers cities and urban stakeholders a platform for inspiration, action and commitment to take sustainability to the next level and connects the European Union to sustainability action at the local level. Participants will include mayors, local government practitioners, civil society and other urban stakeholders, businesses, national governments and European institutions.

© Collective Leadership Institute 2020
  The Art of Leading Collectively

When: 24 – 26 June 2020 - Where: Potsdam, Germany - Apply by: Registration open

© Collective Leadership Institute 2020
  The Art of Stakeholder Cooperation

When: 30 June – 3 July 2020 - Where: Potsdam, Berlin - Apply by: Registration open

© The Hague Academy for Local Governance 2020
  The Sustainability of Peace and Local Governance (in French)

When: 6 - 10 July 2020 - Where: La Haye - Apply by: 5 June 2020

© The Hague Academy for Local Governance 2020
  Local Economic Development

When: 21 September – 2 October 2020 - Where: The Hague, Netherlands - Apply by: 16 August 2020
Studies and Publications
Local Governance and Decentralisation

© GIZ 2020
  Public Participation - Approaches and Experiences

GIZ (2020) The potential of public participation for improving governmental decision-making has become increasingly important to Ukraine within the scope of its decentralisation reform. Therefore, the GIZ programme “Initiatives of the Infrastructure Programme for Ukraine” (IIPU) supports municipal stakeholders in developing and implementing integrated participatory measures to upgrade their delivery of basic services, public administration, public planning, social infrastructure and employment opportunities. The implemented measures as well as lessons learned are summarised in this report. For more publications from the programme, visit their Knowledge Tank here:

© Praia City Group 2020
  Praia Group Handbook on Governance Statistics

Praia City Group (2020) Good governance systems are by definition in need of accurate monitoring and control measures in order to allow for the identification of gaps in terms of service delivery, especially at the local level. By conceptualising and systematising the various dimensions of governance statistics as well as taking stock of existing approaches to governance data collection, this Handbook on Governance Statistics by the Praia City Group provides a solid foundation for the development of international statistical guidance and standards in all areas of governance statistics. To provide an adequate framework it draws on eight different dimensions of governance, including non-discrimination and equality, participation, openness, access to and quality of justice, responsiveness, absence of corruption, trust as well as safety and security. The Handbooks primary target group are national statistical agencies.
Fragility ● Post-conflict settings ● Migration

© IDS 2020
  Eleven Recommendations for Working on Empowerment and Accountability in Fragile, Conflict or Violence-Affected Settings

IDS (2020) Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Ukraine, Sudan, Gaza - the list of regions affected by conditions of fragility and insecurity is gradually becoming longer and longer. Due to safety considerations regarding their staff and concern for the measures of oppressive regimes, donors and development organisations often withdraw their support to these countries. In its brief, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) argues that it is of utmost importance to continue the support of local actors through empowerment and accountability measures during these times. In this context, the approach of “working under the radar” implemented by IDS’ Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme is explored.

© Asiastock/Shutterstock 2020
  Series on Urban Culture and its Relevance for Recovery in Post-Conflict Settings

Urbanet (2020) Societies trapped in conflict and crisis often lack access to and opportunity for cultural expression. This appears to be the general consensus. But what role does culture play for reconciliation and recovery? Can culture be a facilitator of peace and good governance? The city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina serves as an example that when reconstructing a city after violent conflict, investments in its appearance can provide hope and orientation to citizens. The blog series by Urbanet on Urban Culture invites its readers to rethink the role of culture for societies after conflict.

© UNHCR/Samuel Otieno 2020
  Global Policy, Local Implementation – Impacts of the Global Compact on Refugees

German Development Institute (2020) As a reaction to the growing number of refugees fleeing to the European Union, the UN member states forged the Global Compact on Refugees in 2018. The Global Compact is meant to strengthen the international response to large movements of refugees and protracted refugee situations. Yet, in contrast to the agreements put in place by the international community, it is the cities and municipalities of the global South that have to carry the substantial burden. The question of how the policy interests and goals of local actors can be fulfilled while acting in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Compact is explored in this news article by Eva Dick, Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute, and Markus Rudolf, Researcher at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC).
Fiscal Decentralisation ● Local Finance

© UNCDF 2020
  COVID-19 Emergency Response. Local Government Finance. Guidance Note for Immediate Action

UNCDF (2020) In response to the global spread of COVID-19, the World Health Organisation has urged local governments to “test, test, test”. In its guidance note, UNCDF summarises measures that local governments can conduct to respond to the pandemic. Taking into account the need for fast effective local action to slow the spread of the virus, the publication pays particular attention to actions that can be implemented within days and weeks instead of months or years. Generic in nature the collected responses can be adapted to individual territorial circumstances.


© UNCDF 2020
  #12 Why Local Government Finance is Essential to the COVID-19 Response

UNCDF (2020) UNCDF’s podcast Capital Musings explores all matters finance related at the domestic level. From financing for climate adaptation, to municipal finance solutions or female economic empowerment, it touches upon all topics related to sustainable development with a special focus on necessary measures to reduce poverty and support local economic development in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDC). With his two interview partners, David Jackson and Tehmina Akhtar, Director and Deputy Director of UNCDF's Local Development Finance Practice, the show’s host attempts to answer the question: What measures can local governments deploy to address these finance challenges in days or weeks instead of months? Their recommendations are included in UNCDF's publication "COVID-19 Emergency Response. Local Government Finance. Guidance Note for Immediate Action" (featured above).

© Vanessa van den Boogaard 2020
  Fill the Gaps, Feel the Pain: Insights from Sierra Leone on an Epidemic’s Impact on Local Taxation, Public Services, and the Poor

ICTD (2020) In her blog Vanessa van den Boogaard, research fellow at the International Center for Tax and Development, explores the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic on local tax systems, public service delivery and the poor. Her conclusions are based on experiences gathered in the country of Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic, which killed more than 3,900 people in the country alone, and therefore offers important insights into the indirect economic effects of such health crisis. Van den Boogaard concludes that as a result of decreased income from local taxes and revenues during the crisis and due to the shift of donor funds to public health needs, individual financial burdens of citizens to uphold service delivery increased and the poor were substantially excluded from access to public goods. Drawing on the results of her analysis she summarises important lessons learned from Sierra Leone and gives concrete recommendations on how to handle the COVID-19 outbreak and mitigate the economic impact of the crisis.
2030 Agenda ● Localising the SDGs

© UN DESA 2020
  Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19

UN DESA (2020) In its report UN DESA explores the social, economic and multidimensional ramifications of the COVID-19 outbreak. Next to recommendations to suppress the spread of the disease, the report carves out the pandemic’s implications for the realisation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. Intended as a call to action for national, sub-national and local governments and partners, the brief outlines sustainable solutions to cope with the identified impacts at the global, regional and national level and calls for strong partnerships to accelerate the global response.

© IBEI 2019
  Subnational Governments and the 2030 Agenda: Strengthening Policy Effectiveness and Legitimacy with the Localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) (2019) In its study on subnational governments and the 2030 Agenda, the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) explores the issue of “Governance through Goals” that underpins the concept of the SDGs and is legally not binding in nature. The question of how consistent policy support and the local implementation of the SDGs can thus be guaranteed is at the heart of the study. According to IBEI the inclusion of stakeholder’s preferences, the accountability of local authorities to citizens and the sensitivity of policies to territorial economic, social and political circumstances are crucial for successful SDG implementation. Both the design of the SDGs as well as their potential for localisation are touched upon in detail.
Urban and Territorial Governance

© ICLEI 2020
  City Resilience Stories Webinar Series. COVID-19: Coping, Learning & Building Urban Resilience

ICLEI (2020) The ICLEI Resilient Development Program has launched a new webinar series featuring cities and their stories concerning the development and implementation of resilience and adaptation measures at the local level. During the first webinar at the beginning of April, David Jácome Polit and Piero Pelizzaro, Chief Resilience Officers from Quito and Milan, shared their cities’ experiences with coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Special attention was paid to issues related to disaster response, distribution of aid, vulnerable populations, multi-level governance and jurisdiction competencies in the context of the sanitary crisis. A recording of the session can be found on YouTube (accessible here: The upcoming sessions will be announced on ICLEI’s homepage in due time.

© UNICEF 2020
  Key Considerations: COVID-19 in Informal Urban Settlements

Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (2020) The combination of population density, limited infrastructure and lack of access to basic services turns informal settlements into particularly vulnerable targets for the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief prepared by the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform identifies known vulnerabilities and sheds light on key considerations to be taken into account by local stakeholders to protect informal urban settlements from the spread and impact of the disease.

© Circular City Funding Guide 2020
  Circular City Funding Guide

EU Circular City Funding Guide (2020)

Understanding cities as condensed spaces characterised by interconnectivity and circularity is important to improve urban development. Climate change demands that society moves toward circular economic processes that make use of renewable materials and reduce emissions. Social developments such as migratory flows and ageing societies require social capacity development to become more participative and inclusive. The Platform the “Circular City Funding Guide” invites both fund-seekers and funders of urban areas to create such circular concepts by working together and provides information and support on the funding of circular projects and activities in an urban context.


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