Localizing the SDGs means making the aspirations of the SDGs become real to communities, households and individuals, particularly to those who are at risk of falling behind. Local governments are critical in turning Agenda 2030 from a global vision into a local reality. And local communities and stakeholders, who know individual and collective needs and capacities best, are critical partners in implementing and realizing the SDGs.
The 2030 Agenda calls on major groups and other stakeholders, including local authorities, to report on their contribution to the implementation of the Agenda. Local and regional governments have a wealth of valuable experience in the “localization” of the 2030 Agenda, where they provide leadership in the mobilization of a wide range of stakeholders, the facilitation of “bottom-up” and inclusive processes, and the formation of multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Evidence-based solutions for SDG localization note five drivers of transformational change: