Virtual Conference: From Local to Global: Building on What Works to Accelerate Progress on the 2030 Agenda

When: 16 July 2020, 8:30 am (EST)

Where: Online

Apply by: Registration open

On Thursday, July 16th, the International Peace Institute (IPI) together with the Government of The Gambia, and the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security, is cohosting in English and French the launch of a report entitled “Localizing the 2030 Agenda in West Africa: Building on What Works.”

Despite advances in some areas of human development, countries around the world are still not on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The next ten years are therefore critical to accelerating progress on implementing the 2030 Agenda. As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is all the more important to renew multilateral cooperation around the SDGs. However, a major challenge to doing so is the disconnect between the local, national, regional, and global levels. If the SDGs are to be “for the people and by the people,” new implementation strategies are needed to achieve these goals at all levels.

The report draws on lessons from existing sustainable development efforts in West Africa, in Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. The discussion will address the role the UN system can play in support of these strategies under the leadership of the newly empowered UN Resident Coordinator. It will also touch upon the continued relevance of these strategies since the onslaught of the pandemic.

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