Open Sessions

SOU 36 - Leave No One Behind –by localising the 2030 Agenda

22 Nov

22 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Laayoune


Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance(DeLoG)

Tel: +49 (0) 228 – 4460 – 1873




United Cities and Local Governments

Tel: + 34 933 428 750




One of the five key principles of the 2030 Agenda is the goal to ‘Leave No One Behind (LNOB)’. LNOB is a crosscutting issue that is embedded in many SDGs, targets and indicators of the 2030 Agenda and gives new momentum to inclusive forms of urban governance for implementing the NUA. When implementing the SDGs on the local level, it is imperative to make sure not to leave anyone behind and to reach out to the furthest behind first. This approach opens up opportunities, but also causes challenges, especially regarding the question of how to measure the implementation of LNOB. One example would be the disaggregation of data, which is needed to recognise and respond to inequalities or to ensure access to basic services.   The first part of the session aims at presenting good practice examples of local and regional initiatives from Africa to implement the SDGs and the implementation of the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’. The challenges and opportunities arising therefrom for local and regional governments will be discussed. The challenges of disaggregating data, which is crucial for recognising and responding to certain inequalities and ensuring accessibility, should be addressed as well. The session will start with a framing presentation by the academia, followed by concrete experiences from local and regional governments in Africa.   The second part of the session will give the participants the possibility to enter a debate regarding the challenges and opportunities for local authorities in how to respond to the 2030 Agenda and its call for measures not to leave the poor and most vulnerable people behind. This includes access to basic services, inclusion and social cohesion, as these are important factors of sustainable cities and regions.   The session will conclude with a collection of recommendations of how to strengthen the capacity of local and regional governments in Africa to make further progress in not leaving anyone behind through the localisation of the SDGs.




The session will start with a framing presentation on the principle ‘Leave No One Behind’ and localising the SDGs, which will be held by ODI. Room for discussion will be allowed.


The second part of the session will be a panel discussion on experiences as well as challenges and opportunities related to the implementation of the SDGs and LNOB. Speakers from the local level of African countries, from the academia, from a development agency and AFRISTAT will give insights and exchange experiences.


To end the session, there will be a round table discussion on possible resolutions and recommendations to be submitted to political sessions.


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