The Basque Country will participate in the next United Nations SDG Summit
- A delegation from the Basque Government and the City of Bilbao is travelling to New York this weekend
- The President (Lehendakari) will take part by video at the opening of an event of the Local Coalition 2030
A delegation from the Basque Country led by the Secretary General for Social Transition and Agenda 2030, Jonan Fernández, and the Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, will travel to New York to participate in the events organised this weekend on the occasion of the United Nations SDG Summit.
The summit of Heads of State and Government will be held on 18 and 19 September and is intended as a call to action to regain momentum in favour of the 2030 Agenda. The meeting is especially relevant given that it is being held at the equator of the deadline set by the UN to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to the summit, there will be the SDG Weekend of Action, in which different events have been organized with the participation of the Basque delegation.
On Sunday, the 17th, President Iñigo Urkullu will speak, by video, at the opening of the event "Promoting key transitions and achieving the SDGs by 2030" organised by the Local Coalition 2030. It is also planned that the Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, will take the floor at the subsequent discussion table.
On the same day, Jonan Fernandez will participate in the discussion table of the event "Localizing the 2030 Agenda: transformative coalitions with local and regional governments" organized by UCLG and Global Taskforce, together with representatives of different local and regional governments.
UCLG, the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments, is the largest organisation of local and regional governments in the world that aims to represent, defend and amplify the voices of local and regional governments. Globaltaskforce is a coordination and consultation mechanism that brings together the main international networks of local governments to carry out joint advocacy work related to global policy processes, mainly the SDGs.
The participation of the Basque Country in the Week for Action is particularly relevant given that Bilbao hosts the permanent and global office of the Secretariat of the United Nations Local Coalition 2030. This is a key agent in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and in the fulfilment of the 17 SDGs for local and regional institutions.
The Basque delegation will also meet with heads of Regions4, an organization composed of 48 regions and currently chaired by the Basque Government. Regions4 was created in 2002 and is a benchmark in accelerating global action for sustainability, representing regional governments before the UN and EU agendas.