In September 2015, world leaders from 193 countries adopted “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The Agenda is offered as the new global framework to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being, and protect the environment. Through 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, it defines an action plan for people, planet and prosperity, to be achieved by 2030.
The Agenda is the culmination of a global consultation process, which was carried out from 2012 to 2015, on the world that people want. Still, many are the challenges to ensure that everyone is on board and owns this agenda.
After one year since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, can we say that the message has reached the territories? Are local stakeholders - from local authorities to civil society, from the business sector to academia - well aware of the challenges and opportunities that the SDGs represent for all of us, and of the role they can play in the SDGs’ achievement?
Through this e-discussion, we invite you to share perspectives and experiences on raising awareness of the SDGs: the steps taken and difficulties encountered to facilitate a community buy-in and ownership of the agenda. Please share your territory’s experience in building the SDGs work, and reflect on the opportunities and restrictions of local stakeholders’ aptitude when integrating the SDGs into local development processes.
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