In the spirit of #Listen2Cities, representatives from local and regional governments warmly welcomed the LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS’ 2ND REPORT TO THE HLPF: TOWARDS THE LOCALIZATION OF THE SDGS report as a necessary step to trigger an internal process of self-assessment, which will hopefully improve the way local and regional governments conceive the SDGs and integrate them into their local governance and strategic views. New York City and three Japanese cities have already developed their own Voluntary Local Reviews. These VLRs are an inspiring step forward.
UCLG is already moving ahead with the preparation of the GOLD V Report, which will provide an update on the status of decentralization and local governments worldwide, exploring their proactive involvement as key drivers of localization and sustainable development. This 2019 meeting is expected to take place in September. More information to be shared by UCLG soon.