Join us for a webinar with Bristol and Helsinki on how to build a Voluntary Local Review. The webinar will take place 7 November from 11:00 until 12:30. Registration is reserved for members. The recording will be available after the event.
The Voluntary Local Review (VLR) is a process that serves as a way for local governments to engage citizens in the SDG review process, which contributes to strengthening accountability and making governance more inclusive.
VLRs are complementary to the national report that governments present on a voluntary basis to the annual UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF): Helsinki and Bristol are the first EU cities that have presented their VLR. On 25 September a total of 20 cities, including 6 that are part of the EUROCITIES task-force, signed a declaration during the UN SDG Summit in NYC to show their commitment to review their progress towards SDGs. The declaration is still open for other cities to commit, and we really hope that this webinar will inspire other cities to take concrete steps.
The Helsinki example successfully integrated results from 34 city agencies in 4 divisions and has been instrumental in helping the city to develop an integrated vision for sustainability. Read more here.
Bristol highlights the opportunity of using this report to strengthen relationships with partners and showcase their work for each of the goals. It also highlights the importance of local universities, both for financial support and student assistance for the mapping and groundwork of the review process. Read more here.
You can find the Agenda below.