On 2 June 2023, DPIDG/UNPOG staff attended the working-level preparatory meeting together with Ministry of the Interior and Safety of the Republic of Korea (MOIS), Korea Institute of Public Administration (KIPA), Korea Research Institute for Local Administration (KRILA), National Disaster Management Research Institute (NDMI), Korea Local Information Research and Development Institute (KLID), Korea Island Development Institute (KIDI), Korean Federation of Community Credit Cooperatives (KFCC), and Saemaul Foundation in Seoul. The working-level preparatory meeting was organised in preparation for the Local Governance Workshop on Fostering Active Partnership among National Research Institutions (NRIs) for the Practical SDG Implementation at the Local Level, which will be held on 29 August 2023. During the meeting, the attending organisations had extensive discussions on logistical support, identification and invitation of speakers, and the expected roles and contributions of respective organisations.
The incoming Workshop will feature presentations from the Head of Office of the participating organisations, experts, and practitioners on the topic, together with the UNPSA winners. It will aim to: i) raise awareness on the importance of the roles of national research institutions and fostering concrete and active partnerships among national research institutions, local and regional governments, and national government ministries for the practical SDG implementation at the local level, ii) discuss how national research institutions can provide practical eye-level policies utilising their respective expertise, and iii) establish an international networking platform for participants to share their country experiences on the topic.