In July, a symposium for South African municipalities inspired new vigour toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and saw the launch of a partnership between South Africa’s Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) and ICLEI Africa that formalizes their commitment to support the localization of the SDGs.
Co-hosted by ICLEI Africa, eThekwini’s Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE), the South African Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG), and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), the event brought together representatives from various government departments including DCoG, the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation (DMPE) and organizations including Statistics South Africa, MILE and SALGA.
The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed at the event between ICLEI Africa and the DCoG will support local government’s spatial urban transformation through the Integrated Urban Development Framework.
“We need an integrated approach and multi-level governance when it comes to localizing the SDGs” said Kobie Brand, ICLEI Africa’s Regional Director. “This will ensure that there is horizontal and vertical integration and we truly leave no one behind.”
Honorable Parks Tau, South Africa’s new Deputy Minister of the Department of Cooperative Governance added that “local government is a crucial partner to address society’s key pressure points.”
At a closed roundtable discussion following the event, government representatives discussed the establishment of a multi-level governance platform to coordinate South Africa’s efforts to localize the SDGs. Going forward, ICLEI Africa will support this National SDGs coordination mechanism to enable stronger support for local governments.