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SDG Localization
Explore UN-Habitat’s work to advance the local implementation of the SDGs.
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What is SDG Localization?

SDG localization is the process of transforming the SDGs into reality at the local level, in coherence with the national frameworks and in line with communities’ priorities. Localization means collaboration among all stakeholders and coordination across sectors and spheres of governance. It is a two-way process where the local meets the national and the global, and vice-versa.

Why SDG Localization?

Local and regional governments are the tier of governance closest to local communities, able to better understand their needs and priorities, and to better address policymaking. Local and regional governments (LRGs) lead territories and local communities’ development paths; they deliver essential public services and act as catalysts for transformative change.

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Where We Work

UN-Habitat has developed the most comprehensive approach to localize the SDGs available in the UN system, providing assistance throughout all stages of planning, policymaking, project development and monitoring. We work in numerous localities around the globe. Explore the map to see our initiatives.



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MLG Global Research

Read the UN-Habitat multilevel governance global research

VLR Global Movement

Over 200 Voluntary Local Reviews have been produced worldwide. Browse our repository.

World Urban Forum

The World Urban Forum is the premier global conference on sustainable urbanization. WUF 12 is around the corner in Cairo, Egypt.