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Challenges and opportunities associated with the implementation of the SDGs at local level

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Regarding the development of indicators or mechanisms to monitor progress in achieving the different SDGs and their targets on local territories, 14 respondents reported that they were not developing indicators, 11 were collaborating with other institutions, 9 had revised or were revising their indicators, 7 used or were continuing to use the usual mechanisms and/or previously available indicators for their follow-up and assessment, 6 worked (or are working) with their national or regional statistics office to adapt local indicators to the national monitoring system, 1 used existing indicators and 4 had recourse to other indicators.

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Information on monitoring systems and contextual information describing the indicators and/or monitoring system. Examples

Belgium: The VVSG SDG indicator set developed for local governments in 2018 is currently being updated with new information based on the SDG monitor and municipal monitor. Denmark: The country’s five regions are currently collaborating with the Association of Danish Regions to identify a number of common regional challenges and indicators relating to the work on SDGs. Estonia: The Ministry of Finance has developed a monitoring system for local governments. Georgia: A project is underway that focuses on decentralisation and the strengthening of social policy at the municipal level. Iceland: The statistics office is in charge of generating, collecting and/or analysing the indicators. A task force, made up of experts from the statistics office, the LRGA and municipalities, is also already working on SDG indicators at the local level. Italy: The SDSN Italia SDGs City Index project was established to make it easier to draw correlations between the national context and local realities. The Netherlands (VNGI): A standard set of SDG indicators for the Dutch local level is available. The data has already been integrated into the VNG database. (VNGI) The SDGs in Municipal Policy | A Manual for Local Governments. North Macedonia: In cooperation with UN WOMEN, ZELS implemented projects aimed at building the capacities of the municipalities for gender-responsive budgeting. Luxembourg: Promotion of best practices for SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. Norway: KS partnered with Statistics Norway to develop a taxonomy for SDG indicators (available since March 2022), a classification system that can categorise and assess either a given indicator or a set of indicators. Serbia: A database exists to promote work on the 2030 Agenda and the use of Indicators. There is also an Analytical and Reporting System for LRGs. South East Europe (SEE): As a result of the pandemic, budget implementation at SEE level shifted to education, health and social protection policies, as emphasised in a separate chapter of the 8th edition of the NALAS SEE Fiscal Decentralisation Report (data was provided by the NALAS Fiscal Decentralisation Task Force). Spain (FAMSI): A guide was produced to assist with the identification of indicators at the local level, in line with the SDGs and the urban agenda. Spain (EUDEL): Work has begun on establishing a system of structural indicators linked to the 2030 Agenda at the regional level of the Basque Country. Sweden: Statistics Sweden has been commissioned by the national government to coordinate the indicator-based monitoring of Sweden's implementation of the 2030 Agenda goals. The Council for Municipal Analysis has also developed a set of 50 key figures for municipalities and 50 key figures for regions to monitor the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at local/regional level. UK (COSLA): The performance overview of the National Performance Framework tracks progress toward National Outcomes. It shows how well Scotland is performing overall in terms of the 81 National Indicators. UK (LGA): The data platform LG Inform has been set up to create reports for each goal that can show a breakdown for each local authority area.