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Localizing the SDGs: Making societies resilient for the times ahead

No-one-size-fits-all regarding localising the SDGs. A diversity of speakers will inspire you with their practices, opportunities and obstacles to take joint action in favour of a sustainable future for everyone. You are invited to share your experiences, and to co-create possibilities to implementing the SDGs in specific local contexts, How will your city look in 2030?

Anja Van Den Durpel



Thursday, June 30, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 8
City Ghent
Building Resilience for Sustainable Urban Futures
NE 168


Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, national governments are developing Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) to assess their progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda. These reviews show that progress in transforming the globe into future proof societies, is most effectively realised through implementing the SDGs together with all stakeholders -from national and regional to local governments, and citizens. To bring about lasting behavioural changes and making societies resilient for the times ahead, wide cooperation is key.

A number of cities have already documented their contribution towards the SDGs through Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs), often exhibiting the effectiveness of multi-level governance. However, many cities are not (yet) measuring their progress in implementing the SDGs, although they are taking initiatives, for example in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This global health crisis illustrates sharply and painfully the importance of a holistic and integrated approach to sustainable ecosystems. Only by integrating the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability societies can be and remain resilient to such global challenges. Moreover, the crisis urges leaders at all levels and in all sectors to take joint actions for a sustainable and resilient common future. Hence, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, its consequences and responses will be the starting point for the discussions during this event. The diversity of local approaches to localising the SDGs is a given and will be put central to discuss the importance of taking local actions and the added value of reporting.

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• Demonstrating how Multi-level governance (MLG) is the most effective and efficient way forward to make societies resilient for the future

• Providing tools to localize the SDGs and integrate them into local policy planning, such as VLRs and trainings

• Optimizing mutual learning by giving the floor to participants to share their knowledge, experiences and challenges to colleagues operating in both similar and different contexts

• Stimulating innovative solutions by facilitating the co-creation of possibilities to develop sustainable ecosystems

Session speakers

Ms. Astrid De Bruycker
City of Ghent
Ms. Gulnara Roll
Secretary to the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management
Ms. Shipra Narang Suri
Chief of Branch, Programme, Global Solutions Division
UN Habitat
Ms. Daryna Mendela
City manager
City of Lviv
Ms. Sharon Dijksma
City of Utrecht
Ms. Victoria Furhalo
Manager of Centers for adult education
City of Lviv