A crucial lesson learned from COVID-19 is that the common challenges we face do not respect borders. The environmental, social, and economic consequences of the pandemic have awakened a fresh impetus for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
Local and regional governments play a key role to facilitate the transformation needed to successfully implement and reach the goals in the 2030 agenda, in order to achieve sustainable and resilient societies.
The only way to successfully navigate this journey is by working together. Multi-stakeholder and multi-level partnerships are a critical dimension of the 2030 Agenda and we will only move closer to realising its vision if we make a more effective engagement of local and regional authorities, civil society, especially young people, local communities, academia and other relevant actors.
As partners and representatives of local and regional governments, we have gathered in Strasbourg on the 28th and 29th of October 2021 to:
Reaffirm our commitment to implementing the 2030 Agendaand its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and commit, in this Decade of Action, to making increased efforts towards the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda as an action plan for the planet, people, prosperity, peace and partnership.
Reiterate our shared commitmentto pursue a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in order to achieve a more sustainable and resilient world.
Strengthen our cooperationwith peers and partners across Europe and the globe to accelerate the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals taking into consideration the United Nations Common Agenda. Partnerships, including decentralized cooperation, are key means to accelerate implementation, continue sharing and learning from each other and propose innovative solutions to common challenges.
Call for greater recognitionby national governments, European and International Institutions of our critical role in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and meaningful engagement in the implementation, follow up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals, notably within national and international reporting, including the Voluntary National Reviews process.
Better access to inclusive, transparent and quality data to monitor progress towards the 2030 Agendacall on national governments, European and International Institutions to provide local and regional governments better access to inclusive, transparent and quality data to monitor progress towards the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals at all levels of governance, facilitating the Voluntary National and Local Reviews process.
Call for increased financial and capacity supportby national governments and European Institutions for local and regional governments to implement the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals at the subnational level, in a recognition of the specific responsibility of regions as an intermediary tier able to efficiently combine and balance a wide range of local interests and dynamics.
To strengthen a structured multi-level dialoguecall upon national and global leaders to strengthen a structured multi-level dialogue, recognize local and regional governments as policy-makers and include them in the decision-making process, in order to facilitate local-global leadership on the 2030 Agenda.
Signed in Strasbourg on the 29th of October 2021
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