This Report explores the involvement of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) in the ‘localization’ of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following UN guidelines, it complements the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) submitted by 143 countries to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) throughout the first four- year cycle of voluntary reporting. It delivers first-hand information from LRGs in 80 different countries, including 24 of the 47 countries reporting in 2019. This Report is the third edition of an annual series, coinciding with the yearly meetings of the HLPF. It also presents an overview of policies and initiatives carried out by LRGs to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

In the majority of countries that reported during the first cycle of the HLPF (2016- 2019), LRGs have key responsibilities in policy areas that do affect the achievement of all SDGs. LRGs have been pro-active in strengthening their capacity to respond to challenges such as growing territorial inequalities, the impact of climate change, and the need to provide people, taking full advantage of their diversity, education, local economic development, decent work, peace and accountable local institutions. Emphasis is given to the interlinkages between strategies and efforts to strengthen multi-level and collaborative governance frameworks – consistent with ‘whole-of-government’ and ‘whole-of-society’ approaches – able to co-create solutions and adapt national strategies to specific local conditions.

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