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With the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) that accords cities as drivers of sustainable development, cities need to learn about the challenges, opportunities, and concrete courses of action for aligning their local planning strategies and processes with these global agenda. Understanding this need, CDIA through its Program Coordinator Eva Ringhof and Program Management Officer Mia Simpao collaborated with the GIZ Transformation–Urban Opportunities–Climate Change (TUrbOCliC) Working Group Speaker Ms. Vaishali Nandan to deliver the training, “How do I Implement the Global Agenda in My City?” It was conducted on February 9, 2018 at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Attended by over 80 participants from local and national governments, development partners and civil society, the training focused on localizing the global agenda in cities, with main inputs provided by our partners. Initially, Ms. Natalja Wehmer from UNESCAP talked about the global agenda relevant to urban development, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the NUA. Ms. Lina Gast of UCLG meanwhile, discussed the role of local and regional governments, as well as enabling conditions in localizing the global agenda. Ms. Stephani Widorini from Citynet gave an insightful talk on the relevant SDGs and indicators to urban development. Finally, Mr. Ranell Dedicatoria of ICLEI showcased regional and local projects in implementing the global agenda in cities.
The interactive three-hour training included activities where participants had the opportunity to exchange views and experiences with regard to SDG challenges, their evaluation of their respective cities in line with the SDG indicators, and some enabling conditions for localizing the global agenda in their cities.
With solid inputs on the topic not only from our partners but also from the participants themselves, the training received great appreciation and positive feedback from the training participants.