Third Local and Regional Governments Forum on the 2030 Agenda
“The Decade of Action - bolstering change from the ground-up”

As the COVID-19 pandemic is making clear beyond any doubt, the development agendas need to be addressed as one and supported by strong multilevel governance, solidarity and international cooperation. There exists a growing consensus in the international community that it is in urban areas where the opportunities to reinforce resilience strategies and to achieve the transition towards sustainable societies are highest. At the same time, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the crucial role of local and regional governments as first responders and providers of essential public services. The roadmap for local and regional governments remains the same: the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The third High-Level Local and Regional Governments Forum will illustrate the distinct elements essential to the kickoff of the Decade of Action from the perspective of the local and regional government constituency in the post COVID-19 recovery phase through two different lenses. The Forum will highlight the rapid actions local and regional governments have taken in preventing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through universal public service delivery and share examples of how they can act as the catalysts in the bottom-up transformation towards sustainability and resilience after the pandemic; and emphasize the importance of multilevel governance, sound local finances, and decentralized cooperation and territorial cohesion in the aftermath of the outbreak.

The event will be organized fully online. Access to the online event will be provided only to pre-registered participants. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish.

The 3rd High Level Forum will be coordinated by a broad group of partners, in order to allow for inclusive, diverse and representative participation. The organization will be led by UN entities and partners, including UN DESA, UN-Habitat and Local 2030, UNDP and the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments ensuring regional, gender and multi-sectorial balance.

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Statements
Opening Remarks
H.E. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the United Nations General Assembly
Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat
Dr. Mohamed Boudra, Mayor of Al Hoceima, President of United Cities and Local Governments
United Nations