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The Lehendakari welcomes the Secretariat of the Local2030 Coalition and thanks the United Nations for choosing Bilbao to host the headquarters

2022 October 31
  • The sixth floor of the Basque Historical Archive building in Bilbao is set to house the permanent headquarters of the Secretariat of the United Nations Local2030 Coalition.
  • This headquarters represents a recognition of the path developed in the Basque Country in terms of Agenda 2030; and it fundamentally constitutes a commitment to the future, according to Urkullu
  • Prior to the opening ceremony, the Lehendakari held a meeting with the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.

On behalf of the Basque institutions and entities represented in the Multi-Agency Forum for Social Transition and the 2030 Agenda, the Lehendakari Iñigo Urkulluwelcomed the Secretariat of the Local2030 Coalition and thanked the United Nations for choosing Bilbao to host the headquarters.

At the opening ceremony, Urkullu remarked that the Secretariat of the Local2030 Coalition represents a recognition of the progress made in the Basque Country in terms of the 2030 Agenda; and it fundamentally constitutes a commitment to the future. “The best way to express our welcome is to reaffirm our commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

Likewise, the Lehendakari has underlined that the Local2030 headquarters in Euskadi makes perfect sense for the present and the future. “Sub-state governments must play an important role in the global governance of the Agenda because their engagement is strategic to improve the balance of the SDGs.”

The launch of the Secretariat of the Local2030 Coalition, which took place this afternoon to coincide with World Cities Day (WCD), was attended by Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Panel for Sustainable Development, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) José Manuel Albares, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Juan Mari Aburto, Mayor of Bilbao, and Xabier Segrades, President of BBK, among other authorities and institutional representatives.

Secretariat of the Local2030 Coalition

The Government of Spain, the Basque Government, the City Council of Bilbao and BBK presented their candidacy to host the Secretariat of the Local2030 Coalition in Bilbao at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held last July. The proposal was endorsed by the Steering Committee of the Local2030 Coalition.

The Local2030 Coalition is the United Nations system-wide platform and network to support and accelerate the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It brings together the UN system, local and regional governments and their networks, national governments, the private sector and community organisations to foster collaboration, incubate innovation, share solutions and implement strategies to help local actors achieve the goals of the 2030 Development Agenda. It is co-chaired by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the lead agency of the Secretariat, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the rotating co-chair for the period 2022-2023.

The Secretariat of the Local Coalition2030, located in Bilbao, will streamline the work of the Local2030 Coalition and advance the localisation of the SDGs within the UN and in all territories and communities. Its partnership with the Government of Spain, the Basque Government, the City Council of Bilbao and BBK will maximise the Coalition’s transformative impact and strengthen its strategic and catalytic capacity. The aim is to jointly help local actors to build on existing localisation efforts and nurture partnerships that will generate innovative solutions for local action and impact.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Meeting

Prior to the opening ceremony of the headquarters of the Local2030 Coalition Secretariat, the Lehendakari held a meeting with the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and President of the United Nations Group for Sustainable Development, Amina J. Mohammed, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares. Also present at the meeting were Pilar Cancela, Secretary of State for International Cooperation; Lilith Verstrynge, Secretary of State for Agenda 2030; Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat.

After the meeting, a visit was made to the new headquarters located on the sixth floor of the Basque Historical Archive building in Bilbao.

3 comments
  • 2022 November 2

    berri ona, garapen iraunkorreko helburuekiko tokiko konpromisoa izatea, keinuek ahalik eta inpakturik txikiena nola eragiten duten erakusteko, ahalik eta eragin txikiena emanez baino gehiago.

  • 2022 November 2

    buena noticia, tener compromiso local con los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible dando ejemplo de cómo los gestos hacemos tengan el mínimo impacto a ser posible aportando más que impactando lo menos posible

  • Jer
    2022 November 1

    Suecia, primer país europeo que dice adiós a la Agenda 2030. El globalismo pierde uno de sus países más emblemáticos. https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/sweden-will-not-meet-agenda-2030/

    New Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson is not heeding to the Green agenda. He promptly eliminated the entire Ministry of Climate and Environment, marking the first time in 35 years that Sweden does not have a specific climate ministry. People are crying that the world will crumble without funding bureaucrats who pretend they have the ability to alter the weather cycle with enough funding.

    Klaus Schwab’s plans for Agenda 2030 are in jeopardy. “Environmental issues are going to be given a disadvantage at the same time when we have a huge challenge in Sweden when it comes to biodiversity and forestry,” stated Stockholm University professor Karin Bäckstrand. “We won’t meet the Agenda 2030 goals on biodiversity.”

    Democratic leader Ebba Busch will serve as the new Minister for Energy, and 26-year-old Liberal Romina Pourmokhtari will serve as the Minister of Climate and Environment, The Nationalist Sweden Democrats do not support the goal of achieving net zero emissions.

    Instead, the new government is prioritizing nuclear power initiatives that will make it increasingly difficult to shut down existing plants while using €36 billion to build new nuclear power stations. The new government is also considering reopening two nuclear power plants that discontinued operations in recent years. Yet another example of how Agenda 2030 and Schwab’s plan to alter the world will fail.

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