More than 200 local and regional governments representatives, including 70 Mayors and Regional Presidents, will carry out joint mobilization at the 2018 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) to convey local perspectives on the localization of the 2030 Agenda. The 2018 High-Level Political Forum will take place in New-York, USA, on July 15-18, 2018. UCLG will be strongly represented through its Presidency and members.
For the first time ever, the Local and Regional Governments’ Forum will take place in the framework of the HLPF. Local and Regional Governments’ Forum is co-organized by the Global Taskforce, UNDESA, UN-Habitat and Local2030. The Forum will provide an opportunity to showcase the role of Local and Regional Governments in the localization of the global agendas.
Another key moment for our constituency at the 2018 HLPF will be the discussions around the Local 2030 Hub: Local Action for Global Commitments. The Local 2030 event will provide a special space for a dialogue between the UN and the constituency of local and regional governments to explore the challenges and opportunities that local leaders face when implementing the SDGs. The Hub will focus on concrete solutions to accelerate local action in areas such as financing, capacity building in humanitarian and conflict settings, data solutions, climate and energy.
The delegation of Local and Regional Governments will present the second report on the role of local and regional governments in the localization of the SDGs. Mayors from around the world will convey a common reality to the international community: cities and territories are already implementing the global agendas at the local level through their public services and policies. In order to guarantee their voices are not missed, cities need a permanent seat at the global table, as part of a more collaborative model of governance.
For this reason, we will continue to raise our voice with the #Listen2Cities campaign, as it has proven to be incredibly successful in raising awareness of the role that local and regional governments need to play at the global table.