European Week of Regions and Cities
7-10 OCTOBER 2019 Brussels

The SDG Voluntary Local Reviews. Methods, data, and experiences.

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Tue 8, October 2019
16:30 - 19:00
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The European Commission, through the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and DG REGIO, is working on monitoring the urban dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the New Urban Agenda. The workshop will focus on discussing how cities and regions can monitor their contribution towards the achievement of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

Some cities and regions have taken the lead and have started producing SDG Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs), even though an agreed method has not been agreed yet. Indeed the VLRs are a great opportunity to foster the localization of the SDGs and to boost their implementation.

At European level the discussion is open on the methodologies and which indicators can be used to evaluate the achievement of the SDGs at local scale.

The workshop in designed to make progress on this issue and it is divided in two main parts.

In the first session, the JRC will present the methods and data that allow measuring the contribution to the SDGs from cities: the JRC is continuously improving also is knowledge base on cities, trough urban data production and dissemination and the work on territorial modelling. These activities represent a significant contribution for the local monitoring and evaluation for the SDGs at city level. Indeed the JRC’s Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies supports EU policymaking through better knowledge management on territorial (urban, regional) related issues. . During the event the JRC will illustrates the project on the local monitoring of the SDGs (URBAN2030) developed in collaboration with DG REGIO, and the preparation of and handbook for Voluntary Local Reviews in European Cities.

In the second part, a distinguish panel will discuss JRC’s proposed methodology and debate on the challenges and opportunities that the localization of the Agenda 2030 presents.

During the panel:

  • DG REGIO, will introduce the topic and will chair the workshop.

  • UN-HABITAT will provide insight on the monitoring of the SDGs and its role of custodian agency for many SDG indicators.

  • The European Economic and Social Committee will present the position of the Committee on the Reflection Paper 'Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030' – especially those linked to monitoring and stakeholder involvement

  • The City of Helsinki will illustrate the VLR presented in July at the HLPF in New York. 

  • The Council of European Municipalities and Regions & PLATFORMA will be presenting its working program for the next years that integrates the SDGs and will represents its membership, which is a frontrunner in supporting local authorities in the better coordination for the SDGs.

Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit European Commission, Joint Research Center Sevilla, Spain.
Paola proietti, Project officer, European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Belgium.
Sarah Bentz, Policy Officer for Sustainable Development Goals, Council of European Municipalities and Regions & PLATFORMA, Belgium.
Paolo Bolsi, Policy Analyst, European Commission - DG REGIO, Belgium.
Paulius Kulikauskas, Chief of the Office for Europe and European Institutions, UN-Habitat, Belgium.
Jani Moliis, Head of International Affairs, City of Helsinki, Finland.
Peter Schmidt, Member, European Economic and Social Committee, Belgium.
Alice Siragusa, Project officer, European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Italy.
The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities
European Commission - DG JRC, UN-Habitat, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
english (en)
Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Room 204.
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels


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  • Posted by: Dina EPARKHINA
    On: 26/09/2019 - 11:01am

    Can I attend the SDG session?

    Can I attend the SDG session? It says 'closed' on the registrations page, but still would like to see if possible to attend. Thank you.
    • Posted by: Noah Feron
      On: 06/10/2019 - 13:55pm

      Can I attend the SDG session?

      Same question as Ms. Eparkhina