Ecological and urban garden, Barcelona, Spain

Urban garden in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: Mario Marco / Getty Images .

This publication outlines the Local 2030 Coalition concept and strategy for the Decade of Action, the time set to accelerate SDG-related actions. It sets out the challenges facing local-level actors, based on a baseline study developed in parallel, and explains why greater attention must be paid to integrating and coordinating efforts at all scales of governance. It outlines specific measures that will be taken, and sets out milestone targets and benchmarks for progress.

The effort seeks to Ieverage existing initiatives and alliances to strengthen advocacy for bottom-up action and to scale up successful enterprises.

The Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General commissioned the Stockholm Environment Institute to develop this publication as part of the PO-2200177912 Supporting and Accelerating the Localization of the Sustainable Development Goals” project. The project involved the following:

The project involved the participation of researchers in SEI’s centres in Latin America, Stockholm, Africa and Asia.

SEI extends thanks to all those who generously gave their time to provide inputs and contributions to this publication and the work that underpins it. SEI acknowledges and thanks the key stakeholders from international organizations, national governments, networks, and local governments, who were interviewed; as well as the many colleagues who provided feedback for different versions of this report, in writing and during the workshops.

SEI thanks the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for its financial support of this work.