How Can Local Governments Accelerate the Implementation of SDGs?
Approaching the midpoint of the 2030 timeline, merely 12 percent of the OGP countries are experimenting with open government innovations to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 16+ which includes peaceful, just and inclusive societies... (SDGs) targets are progressing as intended. Accelerating the implementation of the SDGs is imperative to address urgent global challenges, and cities and regions play a pivotal role in this effort.
This is why OGP Local, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Cities, and Local Governments (UCLG), have come together to support local government efforts and promote an innovative approach to face this challenge, through the campaign Building Bridges, Empowering Citizens. The campaign highlights cases where cities, regions, and/or territories are innovating public policy by using open government strategies as well as data, indicators, and stories to communicate more effectively the importance of open government in SDG local action. The campaign aims to share three main ideas.
- Unveil the power of open government: cities and regions leading the way!
Open government is not just a checkbox exercise. It is a vibrant strategy to enhance our cities and regions. By embracing open government principles (According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, transparency occurs when “government-held information (including on activities and decisions) is open, comprehensive, timely, freely available to the pub... More, accountability, OGP participating governments are working to create governments that truly serve all people. This includes many historically oppressed groups such as persons with disabilities, women, lesbian, gay, bi..., and civic participation), cities and regions can harness the innovation that emerges from their communities, leading to better policy choices and improved public management.
Why cities and regions? They are the level of government closest to people and therefore, have a better understanding of their community’s needs. This level of government is best placed to use open government principles to enable communities to collaborate to advance sustainable development. Notably, without their active engagement and coordination, it is estimated that 65 percent of the SDG targets may remain unmet.
Explore some successful local open government stories like Kaduna, Nigeria’s initiative “Eyes and Ears to Improve Public Services”, or Aragón, Spain’s “Easy Government” to include people with disabilities in decision-making. Also Lucerne, Switzerland’s Children’s Parliament, or Imabura, Ecuador’s Participatory Budget in the Rural Parishes.
- Accelerating the impact of the SDGs through local action powered by open government!
Here, six actions come together to unlock the true potential of cities and regions that, driven by open government principles, succeed in driving the acceleration of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs leaving a positive and lasting impact on local communities:
- Amplify transparency
- Foster civic engagement
- Build an inclusive government
- Promote innovation in participation
- Respond to citizen’s feedback
- Facilitate city-to-city collaboration
Through these actions, cities and regions are revving up their engines and accelerating toward a future where the SDGs are not mere aspirations, but a vivid reality for their communities.
Find OGP Local success stories of cities and regions that have achieved remarkable SDG progress through open government practices, like Shama, Ghana’s citizen participation initiative to provide drinking water (SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation) or Banggai’s mobile application to achieve minimum service for pregnant women (SDG 3, Good Health and Well-being).
- Fighting Corruption and Progress toward SDGs through Open Government
Corruption is a global challenge, but open government is a powerful tool to combat it. It identifies and prevents corrupt acts while fostering a culture of honesty through community oversight. Transparent procurement, According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, citizen participation occurs when “governments seek to mobilize citizens to engage in public debate, provide input, and make contributions that lead to m... More, and partnerships curb corruption, while data-driven insights empower interventions.
Cities and regions, committed to open governance, are advancing transparent, accountable, and inclusive leadership, promoting integrity and trust to drive sustainable development.
Building Bridges, Empowering Citizens sets the stage for meaningful change in local governance, and will continue to share experiences and success stories around this journey, showcasing how open government principles are transforming cities or regions. Local stories hold the power to inspire others to become part of this transformative movement, further accelerating the pace of change.
To all those dedicated to reshaping the future of local governance, we extend a special invitation to participate in the Open Gov Challenge. This is your chance to take an active role and pledge your OGP commitments are promises for reform co-created by governments and civil society and submitted as part of an action plan. Commitments typically include a description of the problem, concrete action... to enhancing the impact of open government. Let’s continue building more transparent, accountable, inclusive, and sustainable cities and regions.