LocalSDGs is one of JRC projects the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. The LocalSDGs recognises that many of the actions needed to achieve the SDGs at the global scale have to be undertaken locally and provides support and guidance to local administrators and stakeholders for localising the Sustainable Development Goals at the subnational scale (regional and urban). It focuses on multiple geographical levels, from urban to regional, with specific attention to the SDG monitoring at subnational scale.
Monitoring the SDGs at different levels in Europe
Since 2018, the JRC collaborating with DG REGIO, has worked to provide local governments and stakeholders with guidance on how to implement and monitor progress towards the SDGs at urban level. The main output of this activity is the European Handbook for SDG Voluntary Local Reviews, periodically updated and refined, currently in its second edition (2022). It includes a set of indicators specifically relevant for European cities, as well as overall support on various technical aspects to be considered when preparing Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs). Training, testing and dissemination activities are part of this project, as well as thematic studies.
The monitoring of SDGs at regional level requires the use of a sound and robust framework of indicators, possibly harmonized at EU level. However, such a framework does not yet exist. The aim of the REGIONS2030 pilot project is to address this gap by developing, testing and improving a framework of indicators for monitoring the achievement of the SDGs at regional level, together with 10 pilot regions.The project is supported by the European Parliament and developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in collaboration with ESTAT and DG REGIO in the framework of LocalSDGs. The indicators thus identified will be included in the Urban Data Platform Plus of the JRC.
More information on the LocalSDGs project is available HERE.