Local and Regional Governments at the 2022 United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)

The 2022 HLPF will be held from 5 July - 7 July, and 11 July - 15 July 2022, under the theme “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.  Five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be in review this year: quality education (SDG 4), gender equality (SDG 5), life below water (SDG 14), life on land (SDG 15), and partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17).

UCLG, on behalf of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments (GTF), is coordinating the participation of our constituency within the HLPF as well as the reporting on the role of local and regional governments in the localization of the SDGs, which will be presented in July 2022.

The local and regional governments constituency will present their priorities throughout the Forum, showcasing the importance of basic service delivery as the cornerstone of the response to the interconnected crises that we are living through, and will call for a more networked multilateral system based on multilevel governance and multilevel collaboration so as to address inequalities, the climate emergency, and the need to co--create peace from our territories.

During the HLPF, the Global Taskforce’s annual report "Towards the Localization of the SDGs", the contribution from our constituency to the HLPF, will be presented. This year’s report includes evidence grounded in the experiences shared through 220 responses received to the survey from local and regional governments and their associations from all world regions. A thorough analysis of the existing 130+ VLRs and 26 VSRs has also been conducted as the basis for this report, as well as of the newly produced Country Profiles for SDG localization and the 44 VNRs expected for 2022.  

The delegation of local and regional governments calendar of events 

Wednesday, July 6th

Acting at Local Level Official Thematic Session: Organized by UN-DESA. An official session within the HLPF program focusing on the main challenges and bottlenecks for effective implementation of the SDGs at local level and how voluntary local reviews bolster action to achieve the 2030 Agenda. 

Venice City Solutions Event: Organized by UCLG, AICCRE and UN-Habitat. The session will be presenting the final results of the previous Venice City Solutions event, and showcase different solutions presented by partners to implement the 2030 Agenda.

Thursday, July 7th & Tuesday, July 12th 

Local and Regional Governments Forum

Organized by the GTF, UN-DESA, UN-Habitat, UNDP and Local 2030. The Local and Regional Governments Forum will bring together local, regional and national governments to discuss how decentralized cooperation among local and regional governments and their associations and networks, national authorities and the international community can contribute to the achievement of the global goals. 

The objective of the fifth edition of the Local and Regional Governments Forum is to showcase the relationship between the SDGs in review and the innovative actions taken by local and regional governments for their implementation, highlight the progress made and recommendations from reporting processes such as the VLRs and VSRs, as well as to foster multilevel governance and partnerships among different spheres of government, the international community and other stakeholders towards accelerated implementation of the SDGs.

The first day of the Forum will take place in an entirely virtual manner on July 7th. The second day of the Forum will take place on July 12th, physically in UN Headquarters, organized by the Global Taskforce, UN-DESA, UN-Habitat, UNDP and Local 2030. You can register to attend here

Monday, July 11th

Local and Regional Governments Day: Organized by the Global Taskforce. The objective of the LRG Day is to bring together the delegation of local and regional governments to discuss the findings of the report on the state of localization, discuss and agree on the constituency's Statement to the HLPF, and will also include a special segment on gender equality and women's empowerment given the review of SDG5 in 2022.