Local governments need to familiarize themselves with the Global Agendas that impact on the achievement of economic development goals. These agendas include 1) the Sendai Protocol on Disasters management; 2) the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development; 3) the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); 4) the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; and 5) the New Urban Agenda adopted in Quito, Ecuador.
UCLG Africa serves as a point of reference to help local governments of Africa localize these issues and define them as local policies and strategies if they are to have an effective impact on the ground. This territorial perspective of the definition and implementation of global and national policies is innovative in that it can help to foster a new dynamic in favour of inclusion and participation at a local level.
UCLG Africa will endeavour to popularize these global agendas and instruments and publish and disseminate guidelines and advocacy tools on the territorial approaches African local authorities should adopt when localizing the global agendas. In addition, this will require that UCLG Africa organize training sessions for officials and officers of local governments taking advantage of the local authorities and local professionals networks it has built.
UCLG Africa will also mobilize experts to provide technical assistance to those local authorities engaged in the process of localizing the SDGs and willing to use a territorial approach in local development. Furthermore, UCLG Africa will be in sync with UCLG, the world secretariat, and other UCLG regional sections around the implementation of “waves of actions” defined by the UCLG as the contribution of cities, local and subnational governments to the awareness and advocacy campaigns, concrete implementation initiatives, learning, monitoring and follow-up strategies for an effective realization of the global development agendas.