Localising the SDGs: 5 tips for cities and towns anywhere in the world
It is the last decade for achieving the SDGs and local governments have a crucial role to play. Our research and workshops in South Africa have yielded practical tips for cities, towns and regions to do this work without adding an additional reporting burden to city officials’ to-do lists.
Our cities, regions and towns are central in the transition to sustainability, which makes local governments critical in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by implementing projects that will create a more equitable, healthy and resilient future for everyone. People are at the heart of the SDGs and as their closest level of government, city officials have the opportunity to transform the lives of urban communities, thereby staying true to the pledge that underpins the SDGs: ‘Leave no one behind’ by 2030.
This is no easy task, which is why we’re creating useful tools and resources for local governments to guide them on their journey towards making the SDGs a reality in and around our cities. This is a broad framework for localising the SDGs and we are currently in the process of publishing a quick guide aimed at local governments with specific steps they can take to implement the programmes and projects that will ultimately achieve the SDGs.
The quick guide will be available soon, but it has already provided useful tips that a local government official can follow in order to localise the SDGs and ultimately create thriving, sustainable cities. While the research was done in South Africa, these tips are applicable to any city, town or region, anywhere in the world.
Realise that the SDGs are nothing new
In your line of work, you are most likely already contributing to achieving the SDGs. These goals are not necessarily new, but rather put a framework around improving our cities, towns and regions to make them better for people and the planet. So keep doing what you’re doing – well – and, with an understanding of any gaps, you’re already on track to localising the SDGs.