This Forum Localizing the 2030 Agenda: Building on what works will be held 27-29 October 2019 in Banjul, The Gambia, aims to stimulate an exchange of ideas among a diverse group of leaders from national governments and municipal authorities, the UN system, bilateral and regional entities, entrepreneurs, and community representatives coming from Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. Both timely and of utmost importance, the Forum offers a unique opportunity to break from traditional silos that often keep government officials, UN representatives, civil society, entrepreneurs, and the broader international community from working closely together. It provides a platform to craft inclusive strategies that leaves no one behind and puts people and communities as the main drivers of the SDG implementation process.
The Forum isdesigned for leaders at all levels-from regional to local- working on issues related to development of their communities and peace within the context of the 2030 Agenda. Given the collaborative nature of the Forum, the leaders will be selected in a way that ensures a diverse range of experiences and focal areas.
On Monday evening of the Forum, a cross-cultural Festival titled, “2030 Agenda: Towards Unity and Prosperity”, will celebrate local knowledge and shared responsibilities towards the SDGs. The Festival will also honour the deep historical and cultural ties among the eight countries and promote a spirit of peace, unity and development for the sub-region and across the globe.
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