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Our Approach

UN-Habitat’s work on localizing the SDGs is guided by a partnership-based approach anchored in the principles of leaving no one and no place behind, multilevel governance, multi-stakeholder collaboration and development effectiveness.

Flexible Content Templates

Technical Cooperation

Supporting local and national governments and relevant stakeholders to advance SDG localization with its unique technical expertise and operational capacities across the globe

Strategic partnership

Enabling meaningful connections, coordination and innovative partnerships with and between key stakeholders: local, regional and national governments, local governments’ association, international organizations, UN Agencies, academia, civil society, business etc.

Research & knowledge development

Developing cutting-edge research, guidance and knowledge on all dimensions of SDG Localization, including multilevel governance

Learning & capacity building

Strengthening the capacities of local and national governments through of trainings, learning material and tools on SDG localization

Advocacy & visibility

Bringing SDG Localization and local action at the center of high-level events and UN-led processes, while creating opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and exchange

SDG partnerships and cooperation

Facilitating development cooperation schemes between partners from around the globe on the SDGs (city-to-city partnerships; twinning; country-to-country cooperation)

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. This is anchored around five main components:

  • Global Urban Monitoring Framework: the UN-wide framework of indicators to track the urban dimension of the SDGs. 
  • Voluntary Local Reviews: assisting to develop action-oriented VLRs through technical expertise, training, peer-learning and global visibility. 
  • SDG Cities Flagship Programme: implement long-term and comprehensive development process linking all dimensions of SDG localization – from data, to planning and project development, to financing. 
  • Multilevel Governance: strengthen coordination and alignment across spheres of government for an effective localization process. 
  • Local 2030 Coalition: the Local2030 Coalition is the UN System-wide platform and network for supporting and accelerating the localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Download the UN-Habitat SDG Localization overview.

Learn more about the UMF

Visit the UN-Habitat Voluntary Local Reviews Repository

Learn more about SDG Cities

UN-Habitat’s Multilevel Governance Platform

Learn more about Local2030