UN MGCY Statement
High-Level Political Forum
13 July 2016
Session 10: Vertical cooperation – local authorities and national governments working together for implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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2016 HLPF – UN MGCY Statement in Session 10
Thank you for giving us the floor. I am speaking on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth.
As one of the key major groups active in the Habitat III process, we have been firm in our belief that the New Urban Agenda should be an attempt to localize and territorialise the 2030 Agenda, to bring the SDGs down to the grassroots and provide subnational and local authorities with the tools necessary to implement and follow-up on the transformational policies you have all adopted.
We must recognize the efforts of the Global Task Force and other associations of local and regional governments that are mobilizing their constituencies to align their agendas to pursue the implementation of the sustainable development frameworks on the ground.
In this context, vertical, as well as horizontal integration of governance, is essential for an effective implementation strategy to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
Having said this, I want to highlight a few important points, particularly on the importance of data in this endeavor around integration and localizing and territorializing the 2030 Agenda:
In many cases, both local authorities and national governments do not have access to the best quantifiable, qualifiable, and adequately disaggregated data, and there must be a continued dialogue between civil society, science and academic community, grassroots organisations, and local, subnational, and national governments to create the best repository of data.
Local authorities and grassroots partners are the backbone of any good sustainable development strategy; local authorities need to establish close partnerships with grassroots organizations which are more representative of all stakeholders’ viewpoints. Grassroots organizations need to develop capacity on data collection, which in turn, leads to a transparent flow of data to subnational, local and national governments for their policy makers, resulting in better informed decision making.
National governments should empower subnational and local entities, by setting in place the right infrastructure for coordination, transfer of competencies, and an enhanced capacity to collect necessary revenue in line with local and regional priorities. This will allow us to level the playing field between national, subnational and local authorities and prevent local and regional governments from being left behind.
In closing, I ask you to recognize the value of young people as agents of change, especially in terms of implementing, localizing, and territorializing the 2030 Agenda. Our engagement as a key sector of society when it comes to collaboration among national, subnational, and local authorities cannot be ignored.