The Lehendakari highlights multilevel governance and partnership as a way to extend the commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals to all public institutions
Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu took part in the opening of “LOCAL 2030 - Local Action for Global Commitments”, the second panel of the VII High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2019, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where he stressed that the Basque Country shares the vision of a People-focused world, committed to protecting the Planet and coexisting in Peace; capable of generating Prosperity by means of a Partnership model, which is called “auzolana” in Basque.
Local 2030 addresses the local dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals covered in the High Level Political Forum 2019. More specifically, it seeks to highlight local contributions, provide a space to learn and share experiences, attract and bring experts into contact and allow a structured discussion on the experiences of the parties involved.
During his speech, Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, pointed out that the Basque Country has been a trail-blazer in Europe in assuming the commitment to the 2030 Agenda, with the implementation of the “Basque Country Sustainable Bond”. In that regard, he stressed that the Basque Country Sustainable Bond is a transparent, credible and robust financial product. “Solvency, Transparency and Credibility in public management is a fundamental commitment to obtain resources and allocate them to environmental and social investments,” he explained. That being so, he expounded that globally progressing in the 2030 Agenda leads to fostering multilevel governance, along with partnership or “auzolana”.
The Lehendakari highlighted the priority areas of action: Affordable housing; Access to essential services such as Education and Health, Social Policies; Job creation; Renewable energies, Clean and sustainable Transport, Prevention and control of environmental pollution; and sustainable water management. In addition, the Lehendakari explained that a €100-million package of sustainable investments aimed at financing new facilities and infrastructures would be approved the following week.
In the final round of conclusions, Lehendakari Urkullu highlighted three factors in the “Sustainable Bonds” experience: solvency, transparency and credibility. He therefore noted that the Basque Country had scored 100 out of 100 on the International Transparency Index and that the Basque Government publishes the implementation and assessment of its 625 Programme commitments.
Member States, regional and local governments and their associations took part in this second panel of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2019. UN agencies, companies (including small and medium-sized enterprises, social companies and large business groups), financial leaders, academic and leaders from civil society, young people and entrepreneurs also attended the panel.
LOCAL 2030 - Local Action for Global Commitments
Local 2030 is a network and platform whose goal is to localise the SDGs. It is a point of convergence between regional and local governments and their associations, national governments, companies, community organisations and other local stakeholders, and the system of the United Nations. Local 2030 helps local leaders to work together to incubate and share solutions, relieving bottlenecks and implementing strategies that advance the SDGs at local level.