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Institutional welcome:

  • Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments
  • Stefano Bonaccini, President of AICCRE and President of the Emilia Romagna Region, Italy

Thematic discussions in Venice

Moderates: Xavi Longan, Lead for Partnerships and Operations, UN SDG Action Campaign 

GREEN SESSION – SDGs interactions and connections in the city framework – Gift Ntuli, Head of Experimentation, UNDP Accelerator Lab, Zimbabwe

RED SESSION – The vision for the future: strategic planning and imagining a sustainable city in time –  Remy Sietchiping, Chief: Policy, Legislation and Governance Section · UN-Habitat

YELLOW SESSION - Linking SDGs to the territory: mapping local actions in space – Petr Suska, Team Leader, Urban Economy Innovation, Fraunhofer Institute

BLUE SESSION - Celebrating UCLG's new initiative, the Local4Action HUBs: Local actions transforming global dynamics – UCLG Local4Ation HUBs initiative

What did we learn in 2020? Presenting the recommendations of Venice City Solutions 2020 edition - Carla Rey, Secretary General AICCRE


The Venice City Solutions Series is a yearly event addressing issues that are central to the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local level, with specific focus to the role of local and regional governments as key drivers of the 2030 Agenda. In 2020, the event focused on how the SDGs are becoming a tool for cities to plan and communicate local action.

Venice goes beyond an event, is also a yearly process to generate new ideas, partnerships, elements for the political narrative about Agenda 2030. In 2018, we explored the need to finance the SDGs at local level, focusing on the dialogue between ministries of finance and local governments. In 2019, we assessed how the SDGs could help local governments to generate citizenship and engage with their population.

With the concept of “VISUALIZING” the Agenda 2030 in cities, the 2020 edition of Venice City Solutions aims to offer local governments tools about how the SDGs can help them analyse what happens in the city, how the different SDGs interact, what are the involved stakeholders and how to use such data to elaborate better policies for a more efficient delivery towards the year 2030. This, somehow “new” use of the term “visualizing” involves a number of elements for the urban dimension of the SDGs:

  1. how the different SDGs are coming to life in the unique space that are our cities and towns;
  2. how they interact with each other and to the action of different stakeholders;
  3. how can the SDG help to better plan, imagine, co-create and govern the city to face current and future challenges, and finally; 
  4. how the SDG can become a transformative mechanism towards year 2030 (in time).

French and Spanish interpretation will be available



The high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is the core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The meeting of the HLPF in 2021 will be held from Tuesday, 6 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 13 July, to Thursday, 15 July 2021.

The HLPF will discuss ways to ensure a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 that puts us on track to realize the 2030 Agenda. The theme will be "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development".

The HLPF in 2021 will discuss Sustainable Development Goals 1 on no poverty, 2 on zero hunger, 3 on good health and well-being, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 12 on responsible consumption and production, 13 on climate action, 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and 17 on partnerships in depth. The Forum will also consider the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ministers and other participants will be able to explore various aspects of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. They will discuss the kind of policies and international cooperation that can control the pandemic and its impacts and put the world back on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030, within the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

42 countries will also carry out voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda. For more details, please click here.



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