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Global Utmaning partner at UN conference in Helsingborg

Global conference about cities’ sustainability work

Next week, Global Challenge, together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), will arrange a global conference to highlight cities’ work with the 2030 Agenda. During two days, 31st of May and 1st of June, experts on sustainability and prominent speakers will discuss methods for how cities can improve and accelerate the local implementation of the global sustainability goals. The ambition is to create a platform for visionary ideas and exchange between cities – in order to, together, contribute to implementing the SDGs at a local level.

Launch of our report

During the conference, Global Challenge will also present projects that contribute to accelerating the local work with implementing the 2030 Agenda. One of these projects is The Sustainability Lab. Global Challenge has, as part of the project, interviewed cities and municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region and countries in the Eastern Partnership that have conducted Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) – an analysis of the implementation of the SDGs in a specific local context. The purpose of the mapping has been to identify what challenges and opportunities local actors identify with a VLR process. The interviews, together with surveys, form the basis for the report Voluntary Local Review – a bridge between Global Goals and Local Reality. The author, Tove Andréasson Derner, will present the report on June 1st, at a panel discussion on national and local governments’ experiences of promoting vertical coordination and cross-sectoral cooperation when working with the 2030 Agenda.

Global Challenge at the conference

Joel Ahlgren, program director at Sustainable Cities, will also participate in a panel discussion on the role of civil society in the local implementation of the 2030 Agenda. During the session, the Nordic civil society network, Nordic civ, will be discussed. Tove Levonen, project manager at Sustainable Cities, will also take part in a conversation about how engaging women and youths in urban planning can create more inclusive cities – based on the project Her City Toolbox.

Does it sound interesting?

Are you interested in listening to when Tove presents Global Challenge’s new report; when Joel discusses the role of civil society in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; or when Tove explains how engaging girls and young women in urban planning can create more sustainable and inclusive cities? Register to participate here.