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Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) and their connection to national implementation of the Agenda 2030

Urban and communal sustainability reporting is growing faster than ever. More and more cities and municipalities have been involved in sustainability reporting, the so-called Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs). This side event will discuss the role of VLRs for local delivery of the 2030 Agenda.

SEI’s Ivonne Lobos Alva will moderate this 2022 HLPF Side Event co-hosted by SEI, the governments of Germany and Colombia, and the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE).

14 July 2022 at 13:15 EDT

ending at 14:45 EDT

New York, United States and Online

German House, 871-873 1st Ave Nueva York, 10017

2022 HLPF Side Event within the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations

Co-hosted by the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Colombian National Planning Department (DNP) and the Federal Government of Germany

Date: 14th July, 13:15-14:45 EST in New York

The following questions will guide the discussion:

  1. What are the implications of the sustainability activities included in VLRs for national policy decisions and, conversely, what are the feedback effects of national strategy and reports on municipalities?
  2. In what thematic areas of the 2030 Agenda are municipalities the key actors to drive change and delivery of SDGs (and where do they need to have a solid interface with national policy making)?
  3. Where do municipalities share similarities and where are differences in establishing VLRs in various country context settings?

This debate will focus on policy coherence of local and national policymaking and provides snapshots from Germany and Colombia.


Welcoming remarks

Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development


  • Dr. Bettina Hoffmann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)
  • Head of Delegation, Colombia (tbd)

Movie presentation

Voices from German and Colombian municipalities on their path towards the Global Goals

VLR discussion: Assessing local progress and feeding it into national policy-making for the 2030 Agenda

  • Katja Dörner, Mayor of the City of Bonn, Germany
  • Carlos Maya López, Mayor of the City of Pereira, Colombia

National and international reflections on the value-added of VLRs for SDG delivery

  • Olga Lucia Romero Londoño, Director Public Policy Evaluation Colombian National Planning Department (DNP) – Technical Secretariat for the SDGs, Colombia
  • Dr. Fernando Ortiz Moya, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan – tbc
  • Dr. Stefan Bauernfeind, Head of Division Sustainable Development, Federal Chancellery Germany

Concluding remarks on international partnerships

  • Dr. Marc-Oliver Pahl, Secretary General, German Council for Sustainable Development

A light lunch will be provided.

Moderated by

  • Dr. Hannah Janetschek, German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)
  • Ivonne Lobos Alva, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Colombia


Please RSVP for this event

Please note that this is an in-person event, only register if you are planning to attend in New York. If you want to attend virtually please join the streaming on Youtube

Important COVID-19 Requirements:

In order to attend the event, all persons must provide proof of full vaccination or of recovery. Any individual who is symptomatic, even if fully vaccinated, may not attend the event. All participants must be wearing medical masks.

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Ivonne Lobos Alva

Senior Expert Researcher

SEI Latin America

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