Why do the SDGs matter to local government?

Local government contributes to achieving each SDG goal. It is important to note that local government does not implement the SDGs, but rather through its activities, strategies and programmes contributes to achieving them.

The Sustainable Development Goals: Quick guide to the SDGs for local government in South Africa” is ICLEI Africa’s quick guide to the SDGs and localisation. There are 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators in the SDGs. This guide should be considered as a starting point for municipalities to orientate themselves to the SDGs and how they link to the important work of local government in South Africa.

SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) is considered the urban and spatial SDG. It has the greatest implication for local government. In a rapidly urbanising world, it also identifies key aspects to creating sustainable communities. Many goals relate to SDG 11. The guide indicates if there are links and, if so, which particular SDG indicator links to SDG 11. SDG 11 is the only one that covers two pages in the guide. Each page provides a snapshot of a SDG together with its total targets and indicators. Furthermore, each page states how each SDG is related to Agenda 2063 goals, the Stats SA baseline data availability, NDP alignment, reporting reform link and finally the link to AFINUA, IUDF levers and cross cutting elements.  

The quick guide is available here.