Regional and local input into national reviews in the context of the overall need for greater regionalisation of the SDGs implementation has never been more essential than it is now. To carry out this task, on the one hand, local and regional authorities must have proper autonomy of action and decision-making powers which includes proper competences, financial and budgetary autonomy, and freedom to make decisions on the use of local resources and the planning of local economic and social development. This is crucial for adapting and anchoring their strategies in the local/regional context.
On the other hand, they must also be able to provide regional and local input into national reviews in the context of the overall need for greater regionalisation of SDG implementation. This means that national governments must establish consistent and continuous dialogue with regional and local authorities on implementing the SDGs through proper consultation mechanisms.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, in partnership with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), will hold a workshop focused on the best ways to facilitate the inclusion of regional and local input into national strategies and action plans, and therefore into national reviews. Particular focus will be given to the implementation of the SDGs; the importance of better networking between regions, local governments and national institutions for experience-sharing, coordination and synergy-building. In this context, the importance of cooperation platforms like the Congress and European associations of regional authorities (the AER, CEMR, CALRE, AEBR, etc.) will also be discussed, as well as the need for proper competences and resources at regional level to implement regional SDG action plans.