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A Swedish Local 2030 Hub for localising SDGs

A Swedish Local 2030 Hub for localising SDGs

An urban hub for capacity building in Sweden and the Nordics.

To support the local implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, Global Challenge (“Global Utmaning”, in Swedish) have joined forces with peer organizations in Sweden and the Nordics to establish a ”Local 2030 Hub” focused on sustainable urban development.

Sweden’s position on the 2030 Agenda progress

Sweden is considered to be one of the countries in the best position to deliver on the 2030 Agenda and reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the global Paris Agreement on climate change from COP21 and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). According to the UN, prerequisites for a successful urban development are a high level of decentralization and local democracy as well as relevant financing at a local level. No other region in the world is characterized by such far-reaching municipal self-government as the Nordic cities and municipalities. In addition, there are few other examples of local government which have such an extensive self-financing through income tax at a local level.

If the Swedish government, our regions and municipalities are to achieve both global, national and local goals, and also be at the forefront globally, a common platform is needed that translates a common vision of sustainable urban development as well as policy and strategy into practice. There is a need for a platform that gathers knowledge, practical experience, good examples, methods and tools in one place and that has the capacity to share them among all multi-stakeholders both locally throughout the country and to build capacity globally.

To this end, Global Utmaning invited a group of 15 organisations from Sweden and the Nordics who, through different means and thematics, are active in promoting sustainable development and sustainable urban development to participate in the kick-off meeting for the establishment of a long-term programme for capacity building in inclusive urban development focusing on local implementation. As part of the UN-wide Local2030 initiative, a “Local 2030 Hub” has therefore been established in Sweden.

”We aim to bridge needs and experiences of Swedish cities with the needs and experience of cities globally”, said Elin Andersdotter Fabre, Program Director Sustainable Cities.

This Local 2030 hub supports the implementation of the SDGs in cities by establishing an urban hub for capacity building, promoting collaboration between urban actors in Sweden, creating arenas for international knowledge exchange and building joint capacity for municipalities and local actors in localizing SDGs. Inclusive and sustainable urban development is a powerful tool to achieve the other SDGs locally and will contribute to the overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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