International high-level dialogue forum

Shaping a globalised world

Local partnerships. Working together to implement Agenda 2030 worldwide

Deutsche Welle, Bonn
5-6 December 2017

Report   Programme

This year’s Bonn Symposium will focus on the role of local partnerships in SDG implementation. What are good examples of partnerships within and between municipalities worldwide? What can be done to build on existing partnerships? Which factors determine the success of local partnerships for sustainable development, and what are the specific challenges? What can be done to facilitate better knowledge sharing among municipalities worldwide – and how can networks of cities make a contribution here? These are the key questions to be explored at the two-day Symposium.

A radical shift towards more sustainability can only succeed if society commits all its energies to the pursuit of this objective. Indeed, a partnership-based approach to SDG implementation is enshrined in SDG 17 as a self-standing goal. At the international level, knowledge and technology transfer – between all regions of the world – is the main focus of attention here.

But at the local level too, cities and municipalities, civil society groups, the academic community and business must work together with citizens in the interests of sustainable development. In practice, numerous local partnerships for sustainable development have existed within and among cities, municipalities and regions for a very long time, involving a range of stakeholders and covering various policy fields. Very few of these alliances identify specifically as partnerships within the SDG framework. In most cases, the primary motive for establishing the partnership is pragmatic: to cut urban traffic congestion, save energy or reduce waste. Nevertheless, these innovative models involving a range of stakeholders working together offer great potential for local engagement in SDG implementation.

In terms of the one world concept, international partnerships between cities are a very valuable resource for shared creative thinking about ways of implementing the SDGs at the local level. Increasing numbers of municipalities are also actively engaged in regional or international networks of cities and are thus helping to shape policy at these levels.

At the Bonn Symposium, experts from various regions of the world will discuss how Agenda 2030 can be implemented through local partnerships. We hope you will join us.


El Tiempo (Camilo Andrés Gamba Gamba)

SDGs in new Asker Municipality (Stine-Lise Hattestad Bratsberg)

Best Practice: Progressing the SDGs via Networks of Cities (Stacey-Leigh Joseph)

Presentation of the Climate Partnership between Belo and Horb am Neckar (Bernard Nenghabi Tosam/Eckhardt Huber)

SDGs and city networks (Monika Zimmermann)


More publications on this topic

"We need to make the SDGs more accessible"
Interview with Abdihakim Ainte on SDG implementation in Somalia
sef: insight 9|2017

"Energy is fundamentally political"
Interview with Tasneem Essop on decentralised renewable energy systems
sef: insight 8|2017

"Local partnerships are key"
Interview with Mariam Yunusa on the importance of SDG localisation
sef: insight 7|2017

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