New reports on the localization of the 2030 Agenda

The 2022 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) was held under the theme “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
 
UCLG, on behalf of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments (GTF), is coordinating the participation of a diverse delegation in the HLPF, and the presentation of reports on the role of the local and regional governments’ constituency in localizing the 2030 Agenda.
 
Three new reports were launched on the occasion of the Local and Regional Governments’ Day, offering updates on local and regional governments’ role in achieving the SDGs, promoting gender equality and contributing to a just and sustainable recovery. Moreover, 11 new Voluntary Subnational Reviews (VSRs) have been elaborated by local government associations and the total number of available Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) has surpassed 150.
 
 
Firstly, the sixth edition of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments’ Towards the Localization of the SDGs shows how local and regional governments (LRGs) are taking vital actions to promote transformative recovery processes for sustainable local development. MEWA Region’s first VLRs, developed by the Turkish cities of Sultanbeyli (Istanbul), İzmir, and Karatay (Konya) with the support of UCLG-MEWA find place in this report. Also, VLR drafting of Fatih Municipality, Avcılar Municipality and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality along with Amman and Agadir’s VLR efforts in cooperation with UCLG-MEWA, UN Habitat and UN ESCWA are mentioned in the report.


Secondly, SDG 5 localization across the globe is comprehensively explored in From Making Commitments to Realizing Change: Local and Regional Governments’ Progress on Gender Equality
 
Finally, the Country Profiles on SDG localization highlight the involvement and, in many cases, the leading role of LRGs towards SDG localization, after presenting a present a brief country-by-country analysis of the national strategies, coordination mechanisms and reporting processes related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
All these reports share the ultimate goals of the GTF with respect to the HLPF: to raise awareness of the critical actions undertaken by LRGs to achieve the SDGs and to foster transformative action; to shed light on the challenges LRGs face in this endeavor in order to improve collaboration with national governments, among other efforts; and to underscore the opportunities that arise from a collective movement working hand-in-hand to accelerate action towards achieving the 2030 Agenda, and, amongst others, SDG 5 on gender equality. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 6TH TEHRAN GOLDEN ADOBE AWARD HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED

The 6th Tehran Golden Adobe Award, organized by Tehran Municipality in cooperation with United Nations Human Settlement Program (UNHABITAT), will be held in Tehran on 31 October-1 November. The Award will focus on “People-Oriented Development, Social Dynamism and Cultural Inclusion in City.” The project entries can be submitted to the website until 7 October. .

 NEW ISSUE OF MEWA AGORA: DECENTRALIZED COOPERATION

The second issue of the UCLG-MEWA quarterly magazine MEWA Agora is out. The issue with the main focus on Decentralized Cooperation includes the Feature on cities’ development cooperation in the MEWA Region, the Opinion piece by Sogen Moodley from the Durban University of Technology, the Interview with Tayseer Abu Sneineh, the new president of UCLG-MEWA, and "Wastewater and Municipal Water Systems Management" good practice on decentralized cooperation.

 SUMMER SCHOOL ON URBAN MANAGEMENT IN IRAN

Tehran Municipality’s initiative Asian Mayors Forum, cooperating with Allameh Tabataba’i University from Iran, will be organizing its first international Summer School on Urban Management.

 UCLG-MEWA WILL BE IN GIRNE WITH GENDER EQUALITY AGENDA

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality will organize its first program with the new committee presidency after UCLG-MEWA Congress’22. The program will be held on 5 August 2022, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) under the auspices of the Municipality of Girne

 CALL FOR ACTION: EARTHQUAKE IN AFGHANISTAN

UCLG-MEWA expresses grave concern and sympathies towards the families of the victims of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan that hit the country's Paktika Province on June 21 and resulted in more than a thousand deaths and many more injuries.

 Iran Smart City Expo 2022

You are all invited to the 3rd Iran Smart City Expo & Conference, which will take place between July 3-5, 2022. The program, hosted by the help of the Ministry of Interior of Iran, aims to develop participants’ networks and provides capacity building opportunities on “Smart City Policies/Practices”.

 Tehran Twin Cities Festival

Tehran Municipality invites its Twin Cities to participate in the 1st Festival and Exhibition of Sister and Twin Cities of Tehran between 5-9 July 2022, to share experiences and display their capabilities and opportunities for joint projects and bilateral or multilateral cooperation.

 UCLG-MEWA CONGRESS WILL BE HELD IN KONYA ON MAY 25-27

The UCLG-MEWA Congress, which takes place every three years, will be organized on May 25-27, 2022, under the auspices of the Konya Metropolitan Municipality. After the first day, the Governing Bodies and the Presidency will be updated, and Congress will continue with thematic sessions.

 UCLG-MEWA WILL ATTEND THE EKO-IKLIM SUMMIT

The EKO-IKLIM (Economy and Climate Change) Summit, which will host the world’s first economy and climate change fair, will be held at the ATO Congressium, Ankara on March 30-31 under the leadership of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce. Within the scope of the summit, Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, will moderate the session titled “Green Transformation”.

 UCLG-MEWA CONGRESS WILL BE HELD IN KONYA ON MAY 25-27

UCLG-MEWA Congress, which takes place every three years, will be organized on May 25-27, 2022, hosted by Konya Metropolitan Municipality. After the first day, in which the Governing Bodies, the Constitution and the Presidency will be updated, the Congress will continue with thematic sessions.

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