Taking the 2030 Agenda to the local level: How to reach the goals and measure success in municipalities and regions?

Welcome to a Nordic knowledge-exchange webinar series from December 2020 through February 2021. A series made for you, working with sustainability issues and SDGs in Nordic municipalities or regions – building on last year’s conference on the topic. This time, on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers, we invite you to six thematic sessions. Learn and share your experiences – good and bad – on implementing and monitoring select SDGs: from climate and gender to housing and procurement. Our virtual meeting rooms will be open for discussions and networking.
The Nordic countries are often placed at the top of global rankings when it comes to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Much of the success stems from the system of strong local governance in the Nordic Region. OECD estimates that two-thirds of the Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved at the regional and local levels. Hence, you got the keys to the SDGs! By learning from each other, improving leadership and trying a more systematic approach, we can unlock more doors. The webinars will take place on Wednesday afternoons, 13.00-14.30 (CET) with the possibility to have follow-up meetings with speakers and other municipalities & regions 14.30-15.00 (CET). The programme is continuously updated.   

The series will focus on the following themes:

  • 2 December: Climate mitigation and adaptation: Examples of Nordic climate action (SDG13, SDG17) 
    We will discuss strategies to reduce emissions and share experiences about how to adapt cities, towns and villages to changing climate conditions. We will also talk about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. How can we replicate and scale up the most successful climate adaptation and mitigation solutions? A global example in this field is a small municipality Ii in Northern Finland and the mayor Ari Alatossava showcases their climate work. Pauliina Jalonen, Expert at the Association of Finnish municipalities shares their insights in working together and supporting municipalities at different stages. Astrid Ståledotter Landstad, Climate advisor from the Municipality of Oslo, presents their obstacles and achievements in reaching the climate targets in Oslo.

  • 9 December: Digital solutions to increase access to public services (SDG10)  
    Digital solutions are often mentioned as one strategy to e.g. increase access to health care practitioners, especially in rural and peripheral areas. Nonetheless, there are also challenges. For instance, the availability of digital infrastructure differs between urban and rural areas, which may slow down the development and use of digital tools. Nordregio’s Research Fellow Linda Randall introduces digitalisation state-of-art from a Nordic perspective. Terese Bengard, Director of Hela Sverige Ska Leva Association, dives deeper into the opportunities and challenges in rural Sweden. Andreas Lundqvist, Head of Unit at Glesbygdsmediciniskt centrum in Storuman, presents the health distance spanning solutions already in use in Sweden and what opportunities lie ahead. Kasper Dam Mikkelsen, Co-Founder and CTO of the Nabogo mobility app, talks about meeting the needs with a new online service solution in Denmark.

  • 13 January: Planning for equal rights: integrating gender and youth perspectives in SDG work (SDG5, SDG 10) 

  • 27 January: Sustainable consumption and production: procurements and public-private agreements for a green and just transition of markets (SDG12) 

  • 10 February: Planning for sustainable housing and green cities: can physical structures change our behaviours? (SDG11) 

  •  17 February: Monitoring and evaluation of the SDGs: indicators and revisions for enhanced efficacy in the Nordic countries (all goals) 

REGISTRATION: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/Taking_the_2030_Agenda_to_the_local_level_How_to_reach_the_goals_and_measure_success_in_municipalities_and_regions_3314


 In 2018, Nordregio started mapping Nordic municipalities and looking for frontrunners in Agenda 2030 implementation, commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers. 27 municipalities were identified and their actions described in the report Global goals for local priorities: The 2030 Agenda at local level . A year later, Nordregio hosted a knowledge-sharing event for municipalities and regions. Based on that, we wrote a Policy Brief: Agenda 2030 and SDGs at the local level – a brief start-up guide (below).  

This webinar series builds on Nordregio’s previous work and meets the request from Nordic municipalities to hold annual events on Agenda 2030 measures and monitoring.  

Agenda 2030 and SDGs at the local level – a brief start-up guide This Policy brief provides a synthesis of findings and discussions from the seminar held in 2019 for the municipalities, regions and experts in the Nordic Region. This Policy Brief still functions as a good guide book.

Agenda 2030 and SDGs at the local level – a brief start-up guide .