What is next for Agenda 2030? Tools for local and regional governments

UN SDG Action Campaign
5 min readOct 14, 2022
SDG Action hub at UCLG World Congress

With only 7 years to go, we are exactly half-way into the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also time to look back and see the enormous work that local and regional governments have done on SDGs: how cities and territories are increasingly using them as tools to plan more strategically, deliver better services and, most importantly, better communicate their local action.

UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) and the UN SDG Action Campaign have joined forces to develop new adaptable tools for cities and territories to communicate better what they are doing to make Agenda 2030 a reality for all, such as the local government targeted “Flip The Script” campaign and the SDG Local Tales, that gather stories and better data about how local governments are delivering on Agenda 2030, offering better and more inclusive services to their citizens and contributing to generate public trust. These tools were presented at the 2022 UCLG World Congress in Daejeon.

Flip The Script

Take a look to the inspiring videos on how local governments are contributing to #FlipTheScript:

Learn more about Flip The Script here.

SDG Local Tales

The SDG Local Tales showcase that local and regional governments #FlipTheScript to bring about truly transformative action standing on the power of collective action and the SDGs. 6 cities have been selected this year: Bilbao (España), Brooklyn (USA), Cuenca (Ecuador), Nouakchott (Mauritanie), Pasig (Philippines), and Xi’an (China).

Bilbao (España) — The Bilbao Charter of Values

The Bilbao Charter of Values is the result of a process of reflection, participation and consensus carried out with the aim of identifying the main values that must be maintained and developed in the city of Bilbao in the coming years.

La Carta de Valores de Bilbao es el resultado de un proceso de reflexión, participación y consenso realizado con el objetivo de identificar los principales valores que deben mantenerse y desarrollar en la ciudad de Bilbao en los próximos años.

Brooklyn (USA) — A Maternal Health Taskforce

Led by Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, the city of Brooklyn has launched a Maternal Health Taskforce to reduce the racial disparities seen in maternal mortality and morbidity rates in Brooklyn.

Cuenca (Ecuador) — A localized participatory process of the SDGs

The Cuenca City Council’s participatory localization of the SDGs has been working hand in hand to strengthen synergies between civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia, local governments and international organizations. They have adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a reference framework for recovery after COVID-19.

Una localización participativa de los ODS El Ayuntamiento de Cuenca viene trabajando por buscar trabajar de la mano y fortalecer las sinergias entre las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, las organizaciones no gubernamentales, el sector privado, la academia, los gobiernos locales y las organizaciones internacionales. También ha adoptado los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) como marco de referencia para la recuperación tras el COVID-19.

Nouakchott (Mauritanie) — The ‘Nourrir et Verdir’ pilot project

As part of the activities of the CoMSSA-III project and with funding from the European Union (AECID), the Region of Nouakchott has set up the ‘Nourrir et Verdir’ pilot project, which consists of the agricultural development of a perimeter of 10 hectares to deal with climate change. This project is one of the focuses of the action plan for the adaptation of the city of Nouakchott.

Le projet pilote ‘Nourrir et Verdir’ dans le cadre des activités du projet CoMSSA-III et sur financement de l’Union Européenne (AECID), la Région de Nouakchott a mis en place le projet ‘Nourrir et Verdir’, qui consiste en l’aménagement agricole d’un périmètre de 10 hectares pour faire face au changement climatique. Ce projet et l’un des axes du plan d’action pour l’adaptation de la ville de Nouakchott.

Pasig (Philippines) — A Smart City with a Green Heart

Pasig City weaves different sectors like transportation and disaster emergency management together to achieve green development. By building a network of ICT systems and integrating environmental promotion in each activity, Pasig City ensures that their efforts are efficient, effective, consistent and sustainable

Xi’an (China) — Global Youth Leadership Training Program

The Global Youth Leadership Training Program on Urban Governance Modernization and Sustainable Urban Development The City of Xi’an has developed the been aiming to enable exchanges and interactions among youth from various cultural backgrounds in order to drive the localization and implementation of SDG 4, 5, 8, and 17 with the power of youth amid the crucial Decade of Action.



UN SDG Action Campaign

Official account of the UN SDG Action Campaign, aiming to mobilize, inspire & connect a movement to #FlipTheScript for the #GlobalGoals