Localising the post-2015 development agenda

#Localizing the Post-2015 Agenda

High-Level Global Dialogue

On the 14th and 15th of October 2014 it took place the High-Level Global Dialogue on Localizing the Post-2015 Development Agenda, hosted by the City of Turin. The 2-day event was co-organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), on behalf of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), and the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments, and co-hosted by Ecuador, Ghana and Italy. Click here to read the agenda


The event gathered senior representatives from national and local governments/local government associations, the UN System, CSOs, the private sector, the youth and foundations, who took part in the local and national dialogues, held in 13 countries, and in the regional and global dialogues organized in partnership with global networks of local and regional authorities, the European Union and some foundations.

The co-host countries of the Dialogues on Localizing the Post-2015 Agenda - Ecuador, Ghana and Italy - were respectively represented by Mr. Pabel Muñoz, Minister Secretary General of Planning and Development, Ms. Hanna Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Mr. Antonio Cassese, Deputy Director General for Development Cooperation, Plenipotentiary Minister, who read a message on behalf of Ms. Federica Mogherini, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

The two-day conference presented a platform for effective sharing of experiences and lessons learnt from the implementation of the MDGs and perspectives for the future implementation of the SDGs. It represented an avenue to highlight the dependence of the successful implementation of the Post-2015 Agenda on local action and leadership, in partnership with all other levels of governments; thereby, reaffirming that “any new development agenda will only have an impact on people’s lives if it is successfully implemented at the local level”.


Building on the local, national, regional and global dialogues, as well as the cross-cutting messages and principles that emerged from the six dialogues carried out on the means of implementing the new agenda, the participants and co-leads of the High Level Global Dialogue on Localizing the Post-2015 Development Agenda approved the following key messages:

  • Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) are essential for promoting inclusive sustainable development within their territories and, therefore, are necessary partners in the implementation of the Post-2015 agenda.
  • Effective local governance can ensure the inclusion of a diversity of local stakeholders, thereby creating broad-based ownership, commitment and accountability.
  • An integrated multi-level and multi-stakeholder approach is needed to promote transformative agendas at the local level.
  • Strong national commitment to provide adequate legal frameworks and institutional and financial capacity to local and regional governments is required. 
These have been included in a Communiqué on Localizing the Post 2015 Agenda, which also identifies a number of recommendations and proposes a way forward (in french and spanish) for the localization of the Post-2015 development agenda.

A comprehensive report on the overall localizing dialogues has been presented to the UN Secretary General as input for the preparation of his final report to the UN General Assembly in November 2014. The various insightful inputs by the meeting delegates served as important material for the finalization of the localization report. To read the report click here.  
Reports of national consultations

Click here below to read some preliminary reports of the national consultations celebrated over the last months on how to implement the next post 2015 development agenda, and specifically on how to localize it:












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Please note that the reports of the other national consultations on localization, celebrated over the last months, will be published soon. 

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#Localizing2015: Voices from around the world

#Localizing the post 2015 agenda: dialogues process


Join us in a global conversation on how to localize the post-2015 agenda

Welcome to the global consultation on the localization of the post-2015 development agenda, co-lead by UNDP and UN Habitat, on behalf of UNDG, and the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments. The main objective of this consultation process is to stimulate inclusive national and territorial dialogues on the means of achieving the post-­‐2015 development agenda at the local level.

Subnational, national, regional and global stakeholders with interests in local development are invited to suggest ideas and propose solutions on how to implement at the local level, the future post-2015 development agenda, and to identify local-level priorities for post-2015. The dialogues will focus less on what objectives to achieve at the local level and more on how to achieve them.

Participants will specifically consider what local governance processes, tools, institutions, mechanisms, and other means of implementation are needed to achieve the future SDGs. All together they will compare, contrast, and consolidate their views on how to implement the post-2015 agenda at the local level.

During each consultation, the main point to be made is to identify solutions at local level and to enhance the importance of the local dimension of development. The findings will be fed into different events and validated with relevant stakeholders, and finally presented to key decision-makers and leaders to inform the post-2015 development framework. 

Consultations are organised in every region of the world, including but not limited to in: Armenia, Burundi, Cameroon, El Salvador, Ecuador, Ghana, Jamaica, Malawi, Philippines, Portugal, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Vanuatu, among others.

The proposed consultation process on the localization of the post 2015 agenda will have the following major components:

  • National and Territorial Dialogues in at least 5 Partner Countries 
    - Local and Territorial dialogues
    - National Dialogues 
  • Feeding into Regional and Global Meetings for Dialogues on Localizing the Post 2015 Implementation  
  • E-discussions and Outreach through Partner Organizations 
  • Global Meeting in a Hosting Countries and New York
Global e-Discussion on the Post-2015 Localization

Join the online moderated discussion on the localization of the post-2015 development agenda!

As part of the consultation process on localizing the post 2015 agenda, and to ensure continuous exchange of views outside of and in parallel with planned national and local events, this online discussion provides a space to share your views on issues related the localization of the Post-2015 agenda.


The E-discussion aims to:

  • Bring together your views on a variety of topics related to the localization of the post-2015 agenda and provide an online space for sharing practical experiences, lessons learned, ideas-and solutions, including case-studies on the localization of the MDG agenda.
  • Explore localization in terms of current challenges to implementation and the need to identify various concrete mechanisms, tools, innovations, platforms and processes to effectively translate the agenda into practice at the local level. 

The outcome of the e-Discussion will ultimately inform the final report of the consultation on localizing the Post-2015 agenda, and will be presented to key decision-makers and leaders deciding upon the post-2015 development framework and feed into the United Nations Secretary General Report.

We look forward to reading your contributions!

For further information on the e-discussion click here


Please note that you can switch the webpage’s language from English to another language by clicking on the Google Translate button situated on the top of the page. Please also notice that the documents uploaded are in English and in case of need, we kindly suggest using Google Translate or any other software to translate them.

This is a public consultation: information you post is public and may appear in search results.

How to participate:

Sign up or login to the World We Want space

 2.Join the Localizing 2015 consultation group
 3.Read the concept note on the Localization of the post-2015 agenda 

Join the discussions and share your perspective


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Participate and provide your inputs to the SDG negotiations


We are hosting a scorecard for policymakers, academia and civil society to rank the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along three dimensions: ambition, ability to prompt action, and accountability.

Each goal can be evaluated by selecting a score from one (very low) to four (very high) on the three dimensions, as well as the entire set of SDGs as a whole.

After the completion of the survey, you can access the results of the scorecard and sort the responses by gender, country and employment sector.

We are interested to hear from you in order to provide valuable input to inform Member States during their upcoming SDG negotiations.


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Contact information

For more information on the localizing the post 2015 agenda consultation process, contact the following focal points:

Global Task Force
Kate Shea Baird

Luana Natali

UN Habitat
Ludivine Cornille