27-29 October 2019: Exchange Forum on Localizing the 2030 Agenda in Banjul, The Gambia
As the first regional platform of its kind in West Africa, the High-level Exchange Forum on “Localizing the 2030 Agenda: Building on What Works” showcased successful local sustainable development initiatives and fostered discussion on how to mobilize the capacities and ingenuity of local actors towards accelerating the achievement of the SDGs. Bringing together national and local government representatives, UN Resident Coordinators and UNCTs, local champions and entrepreneurs, youth and women leaders, among others – from Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone, as well as regional and international partners – the Forum resulted in a rich exchange of experiences, generating innovative solutions and new multi-stakeholder partnerships to support localization. The Forum was opened by the Vice-President of The Gambia, H.E. Dr. Isatou Touray and remarks were made by the Forum organizers, including Ms. Mehrnaz Mostafavi, Chief of the Human Security Unit and the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) [link]. A report on the Forum will be launched in New York in Spring 2020. In addition, lessons learned and best practices from the Forum will inform subsequent operational programmes supported by the UNTFHS in the region. For more information on the Exchange Forum, please see the event page.