The Durban IDP Unit, UCLG Learning, UCLG Africa and the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA), with the support of UNDP, are organizing a learning module on localizing the SDGs. “The Training of Trainers - The SDGs as a roadmap for planning processes at territorial level” will be held from the 7th to 9th March of 2018, at the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) of the eThekwini Municipality.
Localization is not the parachuting of global goals into local contexts. Localizing means implementing local agendas in cities and territories to achieve local and global goals. More than a technical process, localizing is a political process based on harnessing local opportunities, priorities and ideas. UCLG as facilitator of the Global Taskforce together with UNDP ART and UN-Habitat have developed a series of modules and training sessions around different issues related to the localization of the SDGs. As part of this effort, the upcoming Training of Trainers follows two main objectives:
This Training of Trainers uses Module 1 and Module 2 as the backbone to meet the proposed objectives. The Module 1 is conceptualized as instruction which aims to raise awareness about the key topics concerning the localization of the SDGs for local and regional governments, their national associations and other local actors. The module offers a brief introduction in the most relevant fields of the process of localization: awareness raising, linking strategies with the national level, alignment of strategic plans at the local level, supervision and monitoring of the localization processes and communication of archived results.
The module 2 focusses on the SDGs in the context of territorial planning. The module deals on the one hand with plans and tools for strategic or integrated planning. On the other hand, it focuses also on non-sectoral plans which are more likely to reflect all political opinions and that are based on the limited territorial scale of regional or local governments. Furthermore, all the information provided in the module can be adapted to other situations.
The event aims to conclude with recommendations based on the discussions and examples broad by all participants, as well as, a roadmap to follow the localization process in the region, based on further networking and cooperation opportunities.