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Connective Cities Virtual Dialogue Event

The City of Bonn together with Connective Cities, the international platform for municipal practitioners, will host a virtual dialogue event on “Strengthening the local implementation of the SDGs through local reviews and monitoring” to be held from 26 to 29 April 2021. The objective of the event is to provide a space for exchange of successful practices, good projects and innovative approaches on SDG monitoring and Voluntary Local Reviews and to identify challenges and jointly develop solutions.

The event is geared towards German and international experts as well as representatives from civil society, academia and businesses who are working on different aspects of monitoring local SDG implementation and/or strengthening SDG implementation through local reviews. Participants are invited to actively contribute to the event and present their own practical cases as well as to get involved into further Connective Cities activities on this topic. 

The thematic focus of the dialogue event will be on three specific aspects: data availability and data collection systems, data-driven policy development and contribution to different levels of governance, quality citizen dialogue and stakeholder engagement. The main objective of the dialogue event is to facilitate the exchange of experiences and mutual learning based on good practice examples of municipal actors with different local conditions. An emphasis is placed on pragmatic solutions and approaches that can be applied and/or adapted to different regional contexts.

Connective Cities at a glance

Connective Cities is a cooperation project of the German Association of Cities and Towns (Deutscher Städtetag) with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the Service Agency Communities in the One World of Engagement Global (EG), and brings together experts to exchange on the challenges of urban development. The international community of practice has been bringing together urban actors from city administrations, civil society, academia and the private sector since 2013.

Background

In recent decades, there has been growing international recognition of the importance of local and regional governments in sustainable development. They play a key role in contributing to the implementation of Agenda 2030 and are essential partners for monitoring and reporting on the progress in localizing the SDGs. Also, they have direct access to the needs of citizens and as frontline responders can play a catalytic role in improving the achievement of the SDGs.

UN Member States have to conduct regular reviews of their progress made at the national and sub-national levels. Some cities and regions have taken the lead and have become increasingly engaged in this review process by developing their own Voluntary Local Reviews (VLR), based on local data and localized indicators.

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