The 2030-Agenda encompasses 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a strong focus on sustainability, in conjunction with poverty reduction and social development.
Local-level SDG implementation will be a broad, intensive and crucial undertaking on the road to successful achievement of the Agenda’s ambitious goals. At present, municipalities around the world are embracing this challenge and learning lessons on how to implement the Agenda. However, for the local application of these internationally defined development goals to succeed, they first have to be scaled down to this level.
See below for a complete list of the SDGs:
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The project 'Municipal Partnerships for Sustainability' focuses on the approaches required at local level in order to realise the shared ambitions embodied in the SDGs. Local partnerships will enable the municipalities to support each other in SDG implementation and to share their experience and best practices. Each Municipal Partnership for Sustainability will consist of two municipalities that will work together on a regular, practice-oriented and structured basis on topics relating to the 2030 Agenda.
During the two-year pilot phase, a total of 12 ‘Municipal Partnerships for Sustainability’ between German municipalities and municipalities from Southeastern European countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia) are participating.
- The project will give municipalities an opportunity to establish a dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their municipal partnerships, and build strategic cooperation to achieve them. The expertise that the participating municipalities possess for tackling the SDGs will be harnessed and developed by the partnerships sharing lessons learned and transferring knowledge on a reciprocal basis in the course of their work. The partners will also aim to jointly implement various measures and activities for the 17 goals.
- The project will strengthen partnerships between German municipalities and municipalities in partner countries of German development cooperation. The pilot phase will focus on partnerships with municipalities in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, and aim to promote their strategic development. Existing activities of the partnerships will be placed in the context of the SDGs. The project will also foster strategic and integrated (i.e. cross-departmental) cooperation within the municipalities.
The project 'Municipalities for Sustainable Development' will provide the participating municipalities with a range of different tools and instruments that will ensure they get the back-up support and advice they require, and support the mutual sharing of experience and knowledge. Given the restricted financial and human resources municipalities generally have at their disposal for SDG implementation, the project aims to assist them in making optimum use of their resources. Besides support for the municipalities, there are plans to strengthen and build networks with civil society actors as well as other stakeholders in this field. The project is scheduled to run for 2 years.
The project 'Municipal Partnerships for Sustainability' will offer two approaches. At the beginning of the project, the two municipalities involved in each partnership will jointly agree on which of the two approaches they will take.
Approach 1: Working together towards a sustainability strategy
This approach will focus on the existing sustainability strategies of the participating municipalities. In cases where no integrated sustainability strategy is yet in place, other municipal strategies with links to sustainability issues will be used as a starting point. Within the partnership, the two sides will pursue expert exchange and mutual consultation on the existing strategies in order to further develop and improve their strategic orientation.
Building on this exchange of expertise, each municipal partnership will develop a joint programme or plan of action for the SDGs that will include the planning of concrete targets and measures, and the allocation of human and financial resources for their achievement. The programme of action will include measures in both municipalities that will subsequently be implemented through the partnership. The Service Agency will provide financial support for the piloting of a first joint measure.
Approach 2: Learning by doing
This approach will begin with a process of dialogue on the understanding and importance of the SDGs in the two partner municipalities. This will focus on goals 11 + 17, plus one further focal SDG to be selected by the partnership. Based on the results of the dialogue process, a first measure will be developed for each of the two municipalities, which will then be jointly implemented. Each measure should be based on the selected focal SDG, but at the same time be directly linked to goals 11 and 17, and possibly others too. It should also be planned and implemented on a cross-departmental basis. Subsequent review of the joint lessons learned during implementation will enable the two sides to strategically plan further cooperation on the SDGs. The Service Agency will provide financial support for implementing the pilot measure.
We will provide
- Advice and support for the process within the individual partnerships over a total period of two years
- Funding and organisation of the international exchange of experience between the partner municipalities (maximum of four short missions by delegations of three local government experts each)
- Preparatory and training workshops prior to the exchange of experience
- Networking of the municipalities participating in the pilot phase of the project through national and international workshops
- Support for information and public relation work
- Funding of one PR event in each municipality
- Funding of one pilot measure on the SDGs in each municipality
What we expect of the participating municipalities
- Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding detailing the objectives and key points of the 'Municipal Partnerships for Sustainability' project
- Willingness to cooperate with the partner municipality in the field of sustainability on a long-term basis
- Willingness to strategically explore the SDGs within the framework of the partnership
- Active participation by municipal administrators and policymakers, involving different dedicated departments relevant to the thematic area
- Release of personnel for the duration of the expert exchange and the project activities
- Active participation in network meetings and international workshops.