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.