As part of the project 'Municipalities in NRW for Global Sustainability', in the context of the 2030 Agenda 15 municipalities in NRW will be developing local sustainability strategies by March 2018. This makes them the first municipalities to 'break down' the SDGs at the local level by designing an integrated local development strategy with specific targets. These strategies will highlight the international effects of local action, and underline the importance of global responsibility at the local level.
Local engagement for development will thus for the first time become part of a municipality's medium- to long-term sustainability strategy and vision for the future. This will enable municipalities to make their wide array of activities for development part of their everyday routine, and monitor the results of these activities on a regular basis. The project will thus make a tangible contribution towards implementing the 2030 Agenda at the local level. It will also enable sustainable and integrated local development that combines social, economic and environmental objectives, advocates more engagement for development, and promotes cross-sectoral thinking and action within the municipality.