Advancing SDGs at the local and subnational level: Input to UN negotiations on Post2015 development agenda

On 23-27 March 2015, negotiations on the post2015 development agenda at the UN General Assembly in New York will continue with a week of debate on the sustainable development goals and their indicators on the basis of the proposals agreed in 2014.

Ahead of these negotiations, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, in its capacity as the longstanding Organizing Partner of the Local Authorities Major Group (LAMG), and one of the lead partners of the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments for the Post2015 Development Agenda Towards HABITATIII (GTF), facilitated drafting of the Local Authorities Major Group Position Paper: “Advancing with Sustainable Development Goals at the local and subnational level”.

The LAMG Position Paper March 2015 complements the original document that was presented at the UN negotiations on sustainable development goals in February 2014 which played a critical role in the multi-stakeholder UrbanSDG campaign, in succeeding with the inclusion of Goal number 11 (Making cities and human settlement safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable) within the global set of 17 goals and 169 indicators.

The LAMG Position Paper of March 2015 contains the following sections:

  1. Milestones since the submission of the LAMG Position Paper in February 2014: a chronological list and links to all global events related to local and subnational governments since February 2014.
  2. Response of the Global Task Force to the Synthesis Report of the United Nations Secretary General: a brief summary of the document that was drafted by UCLG and submitted on 16 December 2014 containing elements that were welcome, acknowledged and suggested by the GTF.
  3. Urban SDG Campaign Proposals on Goal 11: the summary of UrbanSDG Campaign workshop that was held on 12-14 January 2015 to strengthen the targets and possible indicators for goal on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  4. How to localize other SDGs or embed a territorial dimension: a list of selected indicators and other goals that would be relevant for the engagement of local and subnational governments in both urban and rural areas.
  5. Selected bottom-up initiatives for monitoring progress on sustainability at the local and subnational level: a list that contains basic information about five global initiatives (e.g. the carbonn Climate Registry, Cities Biodiversity Index and Outlook, Ecomobility SHIFT Indicators, Global Protocol for Community Scale GHG Emissions Inventories (GPC) and ISO37120 International Standard for Sustainable Communities that have a significant potential to provide substantial contributions to global discussions on the monitoring framework for the SDGs and the overall data revolution in the post2015 development agenda, with a specific focus on disaggregation of indicators by urban areas and territories.

In January 2015, ICLEI also hosted a side event with Communitas Coalition together with GTF, World Urban Campaign, SDSN and Friends of Sustainable Cities at the UN. This allowed for a stocktaking of negotiations from the perspectives of local and subnational governments and contributed to a draft of the interventions of the Local Authorities Major Group.

Further information:

ICLEI Advocacy and Post2015
Local Authorities Major Group AMG
Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments in Post2015 Development Agenda Towards HABITATIII
Communitas Coalition
urbanSDG Campaign




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