ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopia, January 10, 2022 / APO Group / –
Five African localities have published Voluntary Local Reviews (VLR) of their frameworks and progress towards regional and global sustainable development goals. These VLRs, in Accra, Harare, Ngora District, Victoria Falls and Yaoundé, were supported by the ECA and are among a first wave of reviews at the local level conducted across Africa, with many more on the way.
Subnational governments and stakeholders play a critical role in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the African Union Agenda 2063. Grassroots initiatives undertaken at the local level have been instrumental in responding to COVID, protecting the environment and ensuring inclusive development across Africa. As countries continue to assess their progress towards the two agendas through Voluntary National Reviews (VNR), interest in conducting this review process at the local level has grown exponentially.
These African VLRs have informed the production of the African Regional Guidelines for VLRs. These Guidelines, produced in partnership with UN-Habitat and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A), will be published shortly and will be used to inform future revisions.
As cities, districts and governorates become increasingly involved in these processes, the ECA stands ready to work closely with them and a coalition of other partners to advance the localization agenda for the SDGs.
The five published VLRs can be accessed here: https://www.uneca.org/?q=voluntary-local-reviews-africa
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