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A Territorial Approach to the SDGs



A role for Cities and Regions to leave no-one behind

The OECD is developing an ambitious programme to support cities and regions to develop, implement and monitor strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Approved in 2015 by the United Nations, the SDGs set the global development agenda for the next fifteen years, stimulating crucial actions for humanity and the planet. The 17 goals are action oriented, global in nature and universally applicable. They aim to reach environmental sustainability, social inclusion and economic development in both OECD member and non-member countries.

Cities and regions have a crucial role to play in SDG achievements although the 2030 Agenda was not designed specifically for or by them. Most underlying policies and investments are a shared responsibility across levels of government. It is estimated that 65% of the 169 targets underlying the 17 SDGs will not be reached without proper engagement of and coordination with local and regional governments. 


The programme seeks to support interested cities and regions in fostering a territorial approach to the SDGs by;

  • measuring where they stand vis-à-vis the national average and their peers; 
  • engaging a multi-level dialogue with their lower and upper levels of government to build consensus on who can do what, at what scale and how; and 
  • sharing best practice and lessons from international experience.


Project flyer ¦ OECD Impact story ¦  Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs


Champion Pilot Cities and Regions

  • City of Bonn, GERMANY
  • Province of Cordoba, ARGENTINA
  • Region of Flanders, BELGIUM
  • City of Kitakyushu, JAPAN
  • Municipality of Kópavogur, ICELAND
  • City of Moscow, RUSSIA
  • State of Parana, BRAZIL
  • Region of Southern Denmark, DENMARK
  • County of Viken, NORWAY



For more information please contact Stefano Marta



Workshop on Urban Policy and Territorial Indicators
Paris, France 14 May 2019

OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs
Paris, France 7 March 2019

Paris Peace Forum
Paris, France 11-13 November 2018

UN Forum on Sustainable Development
New York, USA 9-18 July 2018

Cities and Regions for the 2030 Agenda
New York, USA 13 July 2018

EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum
Utrecht, The Netherlands 7-8 March 2018

Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
Geneva, Switzerland 1-2 March 2018


Useful links

Decentralised Development Co-operation
Report, June 2018

OCDE reconoce a Córdoba en Desarrollo Sostenible
(Spanish only) Portal de Noticias Provincia de Córdoba 4/10/2018

Press area Think Europe Soria 2018
Video interviews on Localising the SDGs 2018

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible
(Spanish only) Informaria 02/2018

City-to-city cooperation is starting to drive SDGs implementation
Citiscope Blog 08/2017


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