Strategies and Plans

What are these for?
Strategies and plans can assure the translation of the political agenda into development objectives and tangible results. They give an overall framework for development (use of resources, services, corresponding financial needs, etc.) and aim to coordinate the work of local and other spheres of governments.

What do the tools help achieve?
Localizing the SDGs can provide a framework for local development policy. The integration of SDGs within sub-national level planning is a crucial step in landing the new agenda in regions and cities.

SDG's in policy plan

Available in English

VVSG has developed a guide to integrate the SDG's into policy planning: - SDG's as guideline when developing goals and actions - SDG priority analysis - local SDG indicators - SDG reporting codes - SDGs and citizen participation Multiple mun...

Developed by VVSG

A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the SDGs

Available in English

Since 2015, cities across the United States have begun incorporating the SDGs to reinforce their existing sustainability plans and to provide a common language to discuss goals among peer cities. Since then, SDSN has proudly been a partner to the cit...

Developed by SDSN

Guide to Incorporate the Approach of the 2030 Agenda in the Preparation of State and Municipal Development Plans

Available in Español

Ideas to promote Sustainable Development within local and municipal planning

Developed by Coordinación de Agenda 2030, México

Guide for integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into local development plans

Available in Français

The Guide to Integrating Sustainable Development Goals into Local Development Plans is part of OIF's efforts to build the capacity of development actors to implement the SDGs. On the chain of actions contributing to the implementation of the SDGs...

Developed by Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)

Orientation guide for political organizations and citizens

Available in Español Português

The guide is formulated with the aim of serving as a practical tool so that political parties can guide the construction of their 2018-2022 government programs, in a manner articulated with the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs. It also aims to be a simple...

Developed by Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD)

Mandala of the Sustainable Development Goals

Available in Français

Mandala of the SDGs: to calmly bring our actions and policies up to the challenges of SDGs. The document includes fact sheets detailing all SDG targets and guidelines for collaborative workshops.

Developed by Département Gironde

Migration and the 2030 Agenda: A Guide for Practitioners

Available in English

The 2030 Agenda recognizes migration as a core development consideration, which marks the first time migration is integrated explicitly into the global development agenda. The Agenda is relevant to all mobile populations regardless of whether inte...

Developed by International Organization for Migration (IOM)

A toolbox for Local Governments to implement SDG 5 on Gender Equality

Available in English

This policy brief summarizes the findings from our investigation into SDG 5, and the efforts to turn this global goal into local policies and practice in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). It offers a toollbox for Local Governments to implement SDG 5 on Gende...

Developed by ICLD

Sustainable Development Goals and Urban Local Bodies

Available in English

This document is meant for elected Indian Urban Local Bodies (ULB) representatives and functionaries to use as a ready reference. It provides information on the SDGs directly related to ULBs and can be the priority focus in planning the local actions...

Developed by UN Habitat in India, UN Agencies in India

ODS and Cities. International human mobility. Practical guide for local governments in Latin America and the Caribbean

Available in Español

Cities are spaces that connect local actions with global actions and provide visibility and proximity to the different actors involved. More than half of the world's population lives today in cities and it is predicted that by 2050 it will reach...

Developed by UNESCO, Centro Internacional para la Promoción de los Derechos Humanos

iSDG Integrated Simulation Tool

Available in English

The iSDG model enables policy makers and planning officials at all levels of governance to understand the interconnectedness of policies designed to achieve the SDGs and test their likely impacts before adopting them.

Developed by Millennium Institute

Finance for City Leaders Handbook

Available in English

Finance for City Leaders presents an up-to-date, comprehensive, and in-depth analysis of the challenges posed by rapid urbanization and the various financing tools municipalities have at their disposal. By providing city leaders with a wide array of...

Developed by UN Habitat

Urban Planning for City Leaders

Available in English Español

Urban Planning for City Leaders is a valuable source of information, inspiration and ideas on urban planning that is designed for city leaders and decision makers at a critical moment in human history. Predicted human population growth over the next...

Developed by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Integrating the SDGs into policy planning - context analysis

Available in English

Local governments can structure their policy planning around the SDGs. The policy planning process gives perspective and sets priority lines at a local level for the coming policy term. But it also provides momentum to organisational development....

Developed by Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG)

Inclusion of the SDGs in Territorial Development Plans, 2016 - 2019. Colombia

Available in Español

This document identifies the main aspects of the incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at territorial level in Colombia. For this, the most relevant results are presented in relation to the level of inclusion of the SDGs in the Te...

Developed by Departamento Nacional de Planeación - DNP. Colombia

The SDGs in the municipal map

Available in English Español

In the workshop held in Chefchaouen (Morocco) on 3-6 March 2017, a methodology for the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was developed based on the Communal Action Plan. Participants prioritized municipal projects based on a se...

Developed by UCLG United Cities and Local Governments, Universitat de Lleida

Manual for Local Adaptation of the Sustainable Development Objectives

Available in Español

The main objective of the Manual is to provide guidelines and methodological suggestions for local planning and management. It addresses issues related to institutional capacity building, as a key aspect for the formulation of indicators and follow-u...

Developed by Consejo Nacional de Coordinación de Políticas Sociales - Presidencia de la República Argentina

Medenine region guidelines for the location of MDGs

Available in Français

In order to meet the challenges, to promote integrated and sustainable development in Tunisia and to alleviate territorial inequalities, the development strategy of the Medenine Governorate formulated in the Regional Five-Year Plan 2016-2020 (PQR) an...

Developed by Programme de Nations Unies pour le Développement- Tunisie / Ministère du Développement, de l’Investi...

Guide to the Integration of Sustainable Development Goals in Brazilian Municipalities

Available in Português

Brazil, together with 192 other member countries of the United Nations, adopted in September 2015 the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (so-called SDGs). This guide is intended to assist municipal m...

Developed by Confederação Nacional de Municípios (CNM), Programa das Nações Unidas para o Desenvolvimento (PNUD)

Adopting a Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition Policy

Available in English

Food insecurity and malnutrition are major concerns, especially in rural areas. Globally, they have received considerable attention, but results have been mixed. To provide effective long-term solutions, policy responses must be tailored to the speci...

Developed by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Better Policies for Sustainable Development 2016 A New Framework for Policy Coherence

Available in English

This report introduces a screening tool called the Framework for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD). It aims to provide practical support to any government interested in adapting its institutional mechanisms, policy making processes...

Developed by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Territorial Development Plans as an instrument of peace building

Available in Español

This document methodological guidelines was conducted within the framework of advocacy strategy for incorporating peacebuilding in the Plans of Territorial Development (PDT), led interagency technical committee composed of the Office of the High Comm...

Developed by Departamento Nacional de Planeación; Oficina del Alto Comisionado para la Paz; Despacho del Ministro...

Partnerships for SDGs

Available in English

Partnership for SDGs is an online platform that provides global engagement for sharing knowledge and expertise for multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments from all stakeholders devoted to support the implementation of the Sustainable...

Developed by Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSD...

Operationalizing the Urban NEXUS

Available in English

The Urban NEXUS is an approach to the design of sustainable urban development solutions. The approach guides stakeholders to identify and pursue possible synergies between sectors, jurisdictions, and technical domains. Given the wealth of global exam...

Developed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); Local Governments for Sustainability...

Resilience Action Planning - Implementing the Sendai Framework at the Local Level (E-learning course)

Available in English Español

Over the past 20 years disasters have affected 4.4 billion people, caused USD 2 trillion of damage and killed 1.3 million people. Disasters have affected people living in developing countries and, in particular, the most vulnerable communities within...

Developed by UNITAR and UNISDR

Passbook guidance for political organizations and citizenship: joint work plans with the global development agenda 2030

Available in Español

This booklet aims to facilitate the development and review of the work plans of political organizations that will participate in the general elections of February 2017 in Ecuador, as a frame of reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). T...

Developed by United Nations Development Programme

Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Guide and Workbook for Municipal Climate Adaptation

Available in English Français

Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Guide and Workbook for Municipal Climate Adaptation is a compendium of resources that provides a milestone based framework to assist local governments in the creation of adaptation plans to address the relevant...

Developed by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)

SDG Cities Guide

Available in English

Getting Started with the SDGs in Cities is an online resource that outlines how cities can get started with implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities and human settlements. The Guide was jointly developed by the SDSN with the Ge...

Developed by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

Reference framework for Policy Coherence for Development in the Basque Country

Available in English English

Policy Coherence to advance towards a more human and sustainable development is a challenge for all governments and administrations, from which the Basque Government cannot absent itself. The Basque Government believe that it is necessary for a great...

Developed by Basque Government- Gobierno Vasco- Eusko Jaurlaritza/Agencia Vasca de Cooperación para el Desarrollo...

The Region of Valencia and the local implementation of the SDGs: A region committed to Cooperation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Available in English Español Français

After the new Regional Government of Valencia (Generalitat) was established in July 2015, it adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework and point of reference. The SDGs would guide all of the Generalitat's policies and not exclus...

Developed by Regional Government of Valencia (Generalitat)

SDG Compass: Inventory of Business Tools

Available in English

This Inventory of Business Tools maps existing business tools against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It allows you to explore commonly used business tools that may be useful when assessing your organization’s impact on the SDGs.

Developed by United Nations Global Compact; GRI; World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Planning for climate change: Guide – A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners

Available in English

This report was developed for city planners to better understand, assess and take action on climate change at the local level. Specifically targeted to the needs of planners and allied professionals in low and middle-income countries where the challe...

Developed by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Global Public Space Toolkit: From Global Principles to Local Policies and Practice

Available in English

This toolkit will be a practical reference for local governments to frame and implement principles, policy recommendations and development initiatives on public space and for central governments to aid their efforts with material support and enabling...

Developed by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Handling land, Innovative Tools for Land Governance and Secure Tenure

Available in English

Everyone has a relationship to land. It is an asset that, with its associated resources, allows its owner access to loans, to build their houses and to set up small businesses in cities. In rural areas, land is essential for livelihoods, subsistence...

Developed by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Building a Resilient Foundation for Peace and Development - Local Governance in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings

Available in English

The Guide is meant to support UNDP Country Offices in countries considered as fragile or already affected by high levels of violence, instability and/or conflict (including post-conflict countries). The Guide can help these Country Offices define str...

Developed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Methodological Guide for the Formulation of Municipal Land Use Plan

Available in Español

The Guide provides tools that aim to contribute to the quality of management development in the territory and includes mechanisms for mainstreaming adaptation to climate change, gender equity, risk management and poverty reduction processes territori...

Developed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Dirección General de Ordenamiento y Desarrollo Territor...
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