Bilbao is bidding to host the headquarters of the Secretariat of the United Nations Local2030 Coalition
This afternoon, at the United Nations High Level Political Forum currently being held in New York, the Basque Government presented the project it has drawn up for Bilbao to become the headquarters of the Secretariat of the United Nations Local2030 Coalition.
The presentation of the candidacy was given via a video, with the participation of the Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, and the Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, Ione Belarusra. The Delegate of the Basque Country in the USA, Unai Telleria, was also present at the event.
In the words of the Lehendakari, the Basque Country's experience and history in the field of Sustainable Human Development; the fact that the 2030 Agenda is a Country objective shared by all institutions, the business sector and civil society and the “auzolan” culture that feeds the project, make Bilbao, “with humility and conviction, the best option to host the headquarters of the Local 2030 Secretariat”.
The global process of localising the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs aims to embed the Agenda in every local and regional government around the world, promoting multi-level government coherence, and mobilising multi-stakeholder and trans-disciplinary public-private partnerships for effective bottom-up implementation.
To this end, the United Nations has launched the Local2030 Coalition platform, co-chaired by UN Habitat, and designed to support and accelerate the implementation at sub-state (local) level of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
This Coalition plans to have a global focal point for its Secretariat. The Basque Government, in collaboration with the Spanish Government, the Bilbao City Council and the BBK Foundation, has presented Bilbao’s candidacy to host the headquarters of the Local2030 Secretariat.