Universal Development Goals – Regional and Local Implementation

Due to the considerable difficulties and logjams existing at the global level, the Foundation is increasingly exploring whether – and which – challenges can, perhaps, be addressed more effectively at other levels. It thus aims to sharpen the focus on the interplay between the global, regional, national and local levels. A further question to be considered in this context is to what extent global (or national) omissions can be rectified regionally or locally.
With a view to the post-2015 agenda, this programme area considers the requirements for future-proof sustainable development at sub-national level and its relevance for peaceful human relations.

Here, the key question is how universal development goals that are agreed at the international level can be translated to the regional and local contexts. While recognising the need for careful differentiation among actors and specific regional/local contexts, this programme area aims primarily to promote transnational dialogue on shared challenges and solutions; in other words, to foster global learning communities at the sub-national level.

Global spheres of action and the interplay between the regional and the local experience are of particular interest, also in light of the subsidiarity principle.


UN Treaty on business and human rights 


The United Nations started negotiating a possible legally binding treaty on business and human rights in 2014.The last session of the UN working group in October 2017 discussed, for the first time, elements of a possible treaty.  In the current edition of our Global Governance Spotlight series, Carlos López analyses the state of the negotiations and crucial challenges. 

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sef: Bonn Symposium 2017

Local partnerships to implement Agenda 2030 worldwide


In December 2017, sef: hosted, together with the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) of Engagement Global gGmbH, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and other supporters, its annual Bonn Symposium. More than 120 experts discussed good examples of partnerships within and between municipalities worldwide. Read the conference report and have a look at the speakers’ presentations.

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sef: insights 7-9|2017


On the sidelines of the Bonn Symposium 2017 we had the chance to interview three international experts on local SDG implementation.

Mariam Yunusa, former Director of the World Urban Forum, speaks about why it is so important to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local partnerships. Tasneem Essop elaborates on her motivation for the founding of the Energy Democracy Initiative in South Africa. And Abdihakim Ainte explains how he plans to equip young Somalis with better prospects for their future by conveying the SDGs. 

Read the interviews here!

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