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State of the Voluntary Local Reviews 2020: Local Action for Global Impact in Achieving the SDGs

Fernando Ortiz-Moya, Hirotaka Koike, Junko Ota, Yatsuka Kataoka, Junichi Fujino : 2020

Cities which are responsible for delivering many of the targets highlighted by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are accelerating their efforts to achieve these targets at city level. This is recognised by the growing number of local and regional governments that have embarked on a process to track their progress and plan for future strategies. Known as a Voluntary Local Review (VLR), this exercise becomes an opportunity for local governments to engage in global processes to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs, while at the same time, capitalising on the SDGs inherent potential to induce change. This report reviews all the VLR Reports carried out by local governments in their determination to localise the SDGs. It compiles their main messages and provides the current stage of this emerging movement. In doing this analysis, this report aims to become a reference guide for other cities seeking to carry out their own VLR process.

Source: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Link: https://www.iges.or.jp/en/publication_documents/pub/workingpaper/en/10803/State+of+the+Voluntary+Local+Review+2020+-+Final.pdf

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