The Basque Country is paving the way to position regions in the 2030 international agenda for sustainable development
The Basque Country, as the coordinator and leader of the Working Group on External Cooperation of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), has driven and given impetus to the role of regions and decentralised cooperation on the international agenda regarding sustainable development. The text of the “Decentralised Cooperation and the Regional Dimension of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” political position was approved and unanimously ratified - at the CPMR General Assembly held recently in Italy – by the governments of the 180 regions in that group.
Under the coordination of the Basque Agency for Development Cooperation and the Basque Country Delegation to the European Union, the text contributes specific actions, and drives, reinforces and defends the role of the regions on the international agenda in the field of cooperation and the new challenges linked to sustainable development, in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, agreed at the United Nations Summit held in September this year, and which will likewise be addressed by the Climate Change Summit – COP21 to be held in Paris in December 2015. The “Decentralised Cooperation and the Regional Dimension of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development ” political position text is the first position adopted by the regions of the CPMR as regards the international agendas.
As indicated in the political position text, the new Agenda 2030 for sustainable development is going to set all the priorities in the field of cooperation and development, the funding mechanisms and global alliances. It provides an exceptional opportunity for international, regional and local authorities to work together in new and innovative ways. Decentralised cooperation is a fundamental tool to reinforce institutions and foster solidarity, for skills development and peer learning with a territorial and multilevel approach. The United Nations and European institutions, along with local and regional governments have recognised, through the preparation process, the potential of decentralised cooperation to maximise the transformative nature of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. At the same time, the territorial dimension emerged as a key aspect of a new decentralised cooperation alliance to implement the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.