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Building Capacities for Localising the SDGs in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic



Governance Structures and Strategies, Localising


Digital Tools, Training and Capacity Building Programmes


UN-Habitat, the UN-led agency working with local and regional governments as the custodian of the New Urban Agenda, works at all levels and across sectors to advance the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It does so through a comprehensive strategy and set of tools specifically aimed at harnessing the potential and capacities of local and regional governments and their connection with their national counterparts.


The capacity-building online platform developed by UN-Habitat in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH provide local and national governments as well as development practitioners from bilateral- and multilateral organisations worldwide with a complete overview of the steps and opportunities they have to take to strengthen multilevel cooperation. Drawing on a step-by-step guide tailored to the needs of the target group, they can thus foster their multilevel collaboration based on knowledge and concrete recommendations. This will feed into and push their efforts towards a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient recovery. Cutting-edge knowledge products for multilevel governance of SDG implementation at the local level are a prerequisite for accelerated implementation of the SDGs, while also addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform will feed into the work and platform of the Local 2030 Coalition – the UN-wide initiative on localising the SDGs – thus contributing to the Decade of Action and collect disaggregated data and good practices to inform policy development.


The platform provide local, regional, and national governments worldwide as well as development practitioners with practical insights and capacity-building opportunities to inspire cooperative efforts for the SDGs and recovery.