The Agenda 2030 for sustainable development is the first global agenda that comprehensively addresses challenges that are experienced by all government members of the United Nations. Local governments understand very clearly how the Sustainable Development Goals are also their responsibility, as without local action, the Agenda 2030 cannot be achieved.
Cities and other local governments have also understood the opportunity that the SDGs represent to inspire, innovate, and improve their own local projects. The SDGs are helping cities to elaborate more inclusive plans for action, bring along partners, and communicate their own actions to their citizens.
Kigali is introducing a comprehensive solution that utilizes innovations in stormwater capture, flood mitigation, and smart waste-sensor technologies to reduce residents’ dependency on commercial water and keep solid waste from polluting the water supply.
Rourkela, in India, is implementing the Cold Rooms project operated by women self-help groups to address the high rates of difficult conditions experienced by farmers and vendors, including exposure to extreme weather, multiple drivers of cost that reduce the viability of low-volume production as well as a marketplace void of clear market signals. The Cold Rooms project will provide farmers a place to store their produce thus reducing distress selling and increasing the shelf life of farmer produce. Also, the project will facilitate creating a link between farmers and the market of buyers, providing increased stability in the sale price and volume capacity.
In Kenya, Homa Bay County is accelerating the promise of leaving no one behind through systematic community participation, social accountability, and innovation to localize SDGs and drive change in service delivery.