The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that local and subnational governments are key stakeholders to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To better respond to what a city or region is doing to act on the SDGs, cities including Toyama, Shimokawa, and Kitakyushu in Japan, and New York City in the USA, pioneered the Voluntary Local Review (VLR) in 2018 as one mechanism to demonstrate local or subnational action toward a “Local2030 Agenda”. Helsinki, Finland; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Bristol, United Kingdom followed with their leadership in delivering VLRs of their own. By aligning local sustainability actions and plans with the SDGs, cities can advance within a shared framework and communicate to the global community their progress.
In partnership with ICLEI Oceania, University of Melbourne and University of Texas-Arlington’s Regional Center of Expertise on the SDGs, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainabilitywill host an approximately 12-month “learn-do” VLR training cohort for a minimum 5 and maximum 8 local governments (city and county) to train government staff on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) data tracking, community engagement processes, and international collaboration.
Session dates: May 2021 – December 2021 for group instruction; January 2022 – May 2022 for direct support on Voluntary Local Review Development.