All global agendas, which are interlinked, have recognized the role of subnational governments in achieving global policy objectives. Subnational governments must play a crucial role in implementing reforms and supporting national initiatives. This needs to be reflected not only in national plans and strategies but also in the strategies and modalities of local authorities and development partners, which support developing and emerging countries.
The event aims to explore current approaches to localize the SDGs- by countries in the Asia Pacific region, as well as by development partners. It explores methods of ensuring the role of subnational governments in urban development and climate change activities. It will provide a forum for the exchange of experiences and lessons learned in supporting subnational governments in Asia and the Pacific.
Participants will get an opportunity to critically assess the strategies and modalities of development partners for the strengthening of subnational governments in the region. ADB and DeLoG member countries and organizations will have the opportunity to present their approaches in Asia and the Pacific by sharing field experiences from projects and programs, by describing their institutional strategies and methodologies, and by exploring areas of common interest and potential cooperation.
The event will focus on SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and on SDG 13 (Climate Action) of the 2030 Agenda. As cross-cutting themes, SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and SDG 17 (Partnerships) will be examined in more detail, and they will be built into the discussion of the two other SDGs.
The learning event follows the first joint event of ADB and DeLoG conducted in August 2015. It will bring together (i) representatives, project staff and advisors of the member organizations of DeLoG, (ii) ADB headquarter and Resident Mission staff, (iii) government officials from ADB member countries and other relevant officials. (iv) civil society and youth representatives.