Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Making the SDGs a reality: what do YOU think?

28 March 2018

How do we make the Sustainable Development Goals a local reality? A tough question for anyone, regardless of where you are in the Commonwealth. To help with this challenge and continue the dialogue, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are inviting you to take part in an electronic discussion (e-Discussion) to be held from today until 8 April 2018. 


To find out how to join the e-Discussion go to:


The 2018 e-Discussion is expected to provide the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with suggestions and recommendations on how to transform the global commitments into practical outcomes in our local communities. It will also help in identifying national and local policies to build sustainable and resilient communities, as well as partnerships in support of local sustainability and resilience.


The e-Discussion is open to everyone: stakeholder groups, experts, practitioners and policy-makers from all regions to participate in formulating critical policy messages and recommendations for consideration by ECOSOC. Contributions made by participants will be included in a summary of the e-Discussion, which will be posted on the ECOSOC website.  The contributions will also be channeled through the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the ECOSOC theme in support of the Council’s deliberations during its high-level segment in July 2018.




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