What Can Local Governments do to Achieve the Global Goals?
In order to achieve the United Nations' 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, we need the participation of all levels of society, including all levels of government.
These 17 goals are accompanied by 169 targets and 232 measurable indicators. Over 100 of these targets and a majority of these indicators apply just as much to local government as they do to federal and state government.
There are a number of benefits for local governments looking to align their current practices to the Global Goals. There are also a number of benefits for local governments looking to extend their current economic, social and environmental sustainability practices in order to meet the challenges set out in the Global Goals Agenda.
By using the Global Goals as a framework, local governments can reach international standards in their sustainability policies by following a streamlined system of measuring outcomes of policies and programs aimed at achieving sustainability. These outcomes can then be compared to those of local governments all over the world to understand best practice.
The Global Goals also provide local governments with a unique opportunity to accessibly and concisely communicate their sustainability policies and programs for more meaningful community engagement.
The list of ways for local governments to participate in the achievement of the Global Goals is extensive. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Healthy eating initiatives
Provision of places to exercise
Gender equality targets
Renewable energy incentives
Youth training programs
Sustainable building design policies
Cultural development initiatives
Provision of green and public spaces
Climate change policies
Coastal safeguarding initiatives
Environmental safeguarding initiatives
Provision of rangers
Partnerships and collaboration with community organisations to achieve sustainable development
This is only just a preliminary list. There are thousands of ways in which your local government can maximise your existing commitment to sustainability and set your council more ambitious sustainability targets by aligning with the Global Goals. To find out more about how you can do this, contact a member of our team today!