29 Janurary 2016, Beijing
A Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) localization workshop was held in Haiyang, Shandong Province, by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China, and the Haiyang government 18-20 January 2016.
UNDP China made a series of presentations on the SDGs for local officials in Haiyang to equip them with global insights and international experiences to facilitate sustainable development in Haiyang. UNDP’s governance expert, Professor Zhou Zhiren of the School of Government of Peking University, also shared his expertise in improving local governance capacity for SDGs implementation.
The workshop brought together more than 30 government leaders from a wide range of municipal departments in Haiyang, including the CPC Party Secretary, the Mayor and Vice Mayor of Haiyang, the Director of the Finance Bureau, the Director of the Civil Affairs Bureau as well as leaders from other departments who are instrumental in Haiyang’s current development process.
The workshop ran for two days, and included SDGs lectures, discussions and presentations, as well as visiting key projects related to tourism and city branding in Haiyang. The presentations included an introduction to the SDGs and the 2030 Development Agenda, as well as how the SDGs can be integrated into Haiyang’s planning and policies. The workshop helped Haiyang identified priority areas and set up a process for incorporating SDGs into local work plans, including but not limited to leveraging resources and rethinking the smart city agenda.
Liu Hongtao, the Mayor of Haiyang government, emphasized the important relationship between the sustainable development of Haiyang and UNDP China, and the significance of promoting the SDGs. He stated “I believe the role of local government is vital in implementing and monitoring the SDGs as well as in building partnerships with not only UNDP but also multiple stakeholders in order to achieve a prosperous and harmonious future for all.”
UNDP China is committed to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015, which closely aligns with China’s focus on sustainable development and innovative growth. Furthermore, President Xi Jinping has announced that green development is crucial to China’s future success. This joint project between UNDP China and the Haiyang Government aims to promote enduring, inclusive and sustainable development in Haiyang. Haiyang is at a critical juncture in development patterns. The city seeks a balance between environmental conservation and economic development to become a pilot city for sustainable development through the cooperation with UNDP China.
UNDP China has been exploring different models of SDGs localization, such as local consultation and needs assessment workshops, capacity building of local officials, as well as an on-line learning platform on SDGs. This workshop in Haiyang is a pioneering first step in SDGs localization in China.