A bridge between Global Goals and Local Reality

A bridge between Global Goals and Local Reality

8 June 2022
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8 June 2022
Cover of the VLR report

The report "Voluntary Local Review: A bridge between global goals and local reality" with experiences and opportunities of the VLR process in the Baltic Sea Region and the Eastern Partnership countries was published in May 2022.

The report is prepared by the Global Utmaning organisation in connection to the interview round held earlier this year with the cities in the Baltic Sea Region, contributing with their experiences from working with the Voluntary Local Review process and the localization of Sustainable Development Goals. Several UBC member cities participated in the interview process, and you can read their stories!

The report focuses on the process of reviewing sustainability work on sub-national levels to identify challenges and achievements and support more integrated and holistic approaches to SDG implementation. This process is called Voluntary Local Review (VLR), and is a city-led process that provides tools to track and compare progress: it helps identifying challenges, opportunities and needs going forward, and offers a practical way for taking part in the macroregional and European movement towards sustainable development. VLRs are instruments of political coherence, with the potential to stimulate participatory planning, while also fostering partnerships and investment towards the achievement of the SDGs.