In 2015, all Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. A historical global commitment to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. According to the recent report issued by the UN Secretary-General, Member States have not made enough progress yet, and with the outbreak of COVID-19 destabilising global health systems and economies, it is imperative that heads of governments reinforce their efforts now to accelerate progress and not fall behind.

However, Member States can not do it on their own, a multi-stakeholder and multi-level approach is fundamental to guarantee that no one is left behind. For good governance of the implementation of national sustainable strategies; for this reason, vertical coordination in the SDG governance with national and regional governments is essential to better distribute and allocate the required resources to the specific needs of each territory, whereas horizontal coordination between different departments of a same national government would optimize the resources in use and will consequently increase the benefits.

As a matter of fact, regional authorities, and other relevant stakeholders, such as civil society organisations, are better placed to be aware of the needs of the urban and rural areas that compose each country.

This panel debate, composed of regional representatives and local stakeholders from Regions 4, the Assembly of European Regions, the UCLG-Global Taskforce, and the EPICUR Network, aims at targeting those challenges that know no border, and to assess possible recommendations to increase multi-stakeholder involvement in the development of policy strategies regarding the SDGs.

The discussion will take place on 28 October 2021, from 15:30 to 16:30 CET, at The Maison Région Grand Est Strasbourg (FR), and it will be also broadcasted online.

Interpretation in French and in English will be available.

All the participants at the on-site event must comply with the COVID-19 rules in France and show a valid COVID-19 certificate at the venue doors.