The implementation of international agreements (the SDGs/Agenda 2030, New Urban Agenda, Paris Climate Agreement, among others) will only be successful with the proper involvement of local actors. Cities need to learn about the challenges, opportunities, and concrete courses of action for aligning their local planning strategies and processes with these global agenda.
Both TUrbOCliC working group speakers Ms. Eva Ringhof (CDIA’s Program Coordinator) and Ms. Vaishali Nandan (Senior Advisor Sanitation Program – India) together with Ms. Mia Simpao (CDIA Program Management Officer), Mr. Sebastian Markart and Ms. Friederike Thonke (GIZ-India) coordinated and delivered the training, “How do I Implement the Global Agenda in My City?” at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, together with relevant regional partners (UNESCAP, UCLG-APSPAC, ICLEI, Citynet).
Attended by over 80 participants from local and national governments, development partners and civil society, the training focused on localizing the global agenda in cities. Initially, Ms. Natalja Wehmer from UNESCAP talked about the global agenda relevant to urban development, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the NUA. Ms. Lina Gast of UCLG meanwhile, discussed the role of local and regional governments, as well as enabling conditions in localizing the global agenda. Ms. Stephani Widorini from Citynet gave an insightful talk on the relevant SDGs and indicators to urban development. Finally, Mr. Ranell Dedicatoria of ICLEI showcased regional and local projects in implementing the global agenda in cities.
The interactive three-hour training included activities where participants had the opportunity to exchange views and experiences with regard to SDG challenges, their evaluation of their respective cities in line with the SDG indicators, and some enabling conditions for localizing the global agenda in their cities.
With solid inputs on the topic not only from our partners but also from the participants themselves, the training received great appreciation and positive feedback from the training participants.