Capacity Needs Assessment of Sub-National Government Institutions to Implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
UNPOG conducted the Capacity Needs Assessment of government institutions at sub-national level to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on the occasion of the Lilongwe International Mayors Forum, held on 14-16 May 2018 in Lilongwe, Malawi. In collaboration with the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development(UNOSD) of the Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG), a questionnaire to assess local government approaches, priorities and needs in implementing the SDGs was prepared and distributed to the Forum participants, who were mainly mayors and local government officials from different regions. The questionnaire included questions to gather information on steps taken by local governments to adapt the SDGs to sub-national contexts, develop local level policies and action plans, mobilize and adapt their institutions, engage civil society, private sector, scientific community and people, as well as review, monitor and track the progress in the implementation of the SDGs. The collected responses to the questionnaire will be analyzed, in alignment with the outcome of Capacity Needs Assessment of national-level government institutions, which DPIDG/UNPOG has been conducting since last year. The result of the analysis will serve as an important basis for developing DPIDG/UNPOG’s future training and capacity development programmes for local governments. It will also function as a valuable resource for UNPOG’s research projects on localizing the SDGs.
Park Mi Kyoung
Associate Research and Policy Analysis Expert, UNPOG, DPIDG, UN DESA