High Level Political Forum: Anders Knape presents the Congress' contribution to the SDGs

Presidency New-York, United States 15 July 2019
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High Level Political Forum: Anders Knape presents the Congress' contribution to the SDGs

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Anders KNAPE, participated from 16 to 18 July 2019 in the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, organised in New York under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council under the theme "Empowering people and ensuring inclusion and equality". He contributed to various sessions dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17 of Agenda 2030.

As an assembly representing 150,000 local and regional authorities and building on its expertise and proximity to citizens, the Congress is responsible for the territorial dimension of the SDGs within the Council of Europe. The Congress, which is the sole body responsible for monitoring the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, regularly assesses the quality of local and regional democracy in the Organisation's 47 member states. It also contributes, through a wide range of activities in the field, to the construction of inclusive, resilient and sustainable societies.

The Congress' approach is based on three key principles: achieving SDGs is the shared responsibility of all levels of government; local and regional authorities must have the necessary competences and financial autonomy to achieve the goals in their respective areas; citizens must always remain at the heart of the action.

A website has just been launched detailing the Congress' contribution to 12 of the 17 objectives defined in Agenda 2030: 1 - no poverty, 3 - good health and well-being, 4 - quality education, 5 - gender equality, 8 - decent work and economic growth, 9 - industry, innovation and infrastructure, 10 - reduced inequality, 11 - sustainable cities and communities, 12 - responsible consumption and production, 13 - climate change, 16 - peace, justice and effective institutions, 17 - partnerships for achieving the SDGs.

United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) – Ministerial Segment, 16 – 18 July 2019