The Importance of Local Government in Achieving the SDGs


Almost all people live in communities, and a local government is responsible for providing services like streets and highways to ensure that residents can get around safely. Most governments also regulate land use, keeping it in accordance with a specific community’s goals.

Local news is often provided by television network affiliates, although there are a number of broadcasters that specialize in covering cities and towns within their region. In the United States, some of these networks air standalone local newscasts (usually for a half-hour or shorter) and others show short segments that are attached to morning network newscasts.

In the European Union, there are a number of public broadcasters that air local newscasts as part of their main national programmes. These include NRK1 in Norway, France Television’s France 3 and BFM TV in Germany.

The primary aim of these channels is to provide local news and information that will inform citizens about what is going on in their area, but they also cover topics affecting the wider world in which the local areas are located. In addition, they may also show short local documentaries or feature interviews with local authorities.

Some stations, however, also have their own news departments and produce their own local newscasts that differ from those of the network they are affiliated with in both graphics, branding, and studio design. In addition, most stations have digital clocks or thermometers superimposed on their local newscasts to indicate the time in the local area and often display on-screen local news tickers as well.

One important advantage of local news is that it tends to be more reliable than national news coverage. This is because local authorities can be more able to respond to problems and emergencies that affect their communities, and they are more likely to take action than national governments.

Nevertheless, the local government’s ability to address issues that affect the entire community can still be undermined by lack of political will and resources. The UN has recognised the importance of local governments in implementing the SDGs and has encouraged their involvement in the SDG process.

Local governments can help in achieving the SDGs by:

Increased participation and transparency at the local level: In order to be able to engage in the SDG process, local governments need to be able to access and understand the data and information they need. Moreover, they need to be able to present this data and information in formats that are accessible to all stakeholders.

In order to achieve this, they must be able to produce a number of different kinds of local reports and other types of documents. In addition, these reports and other documents must be presented in a way that can be easily shared with the UN community.

In preparing these local reports and other documents, local governments need to consider their role as an agent of change. This is because local governments have a significant contribution to make to the global agenda and are uniquely positioned to take the lead in implementing the SDGs.