Localising the Sustainable Development Goals: Needs and Challenges

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UNU-CRIS Policy Brief
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UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
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Localisation of the SDGs is crucial for effective implementation but faces challenges like unclear national strategies, limited local capacity, and weak multi-stakeholder involvement.

SDG monitoring and evaluation at the local level is hindered by reliance on national metrics, data gaps, and lack of coordination across initiatives.

The Flanders SDG Monitor shows how existing local indicators can be reframed for SDGs through selection, normalisation, aggregation, and presentation via tools like quadrant plots.

Key recommendations for local SDG indices include tailoring to local needs, simplicity in construction and communication, and combining statistical rigour with intuitive visuals.

Gaps remain in SDG monitoring for developing regions and convergence of frameworks, necessitating expansion and standardisation of measurement initiatives.