With its first Voluntary Local Review, Germany’s United Nations City of Bonn is particularly committed to the municipal implementation of the 17 SDGs and to regular reporting on this process to the United Nations.
"This publication shows how Bonn is concretely setting out on the path to a fairer and more sustainable society. At the same time, it also highlights the role that cities should play in addressing current global challenges," affirms Marina Ponti, Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign based in Bonn.
A study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has shown that more than 65 percent of all sub-goals of SDGs cannot be achieved without the participation of cities. In 2018, the City of New York has therefore launched an initiative to encourage sustainability reporting of cities to the United Nations. In the meantime, more than 200 cities worldwide have joined this movement, including the City of Bonn in 2020. A good 20 cities have already submitted reports on their local situation.
The structure of the Bonn VLR follows the systematics of the City of Bonn's municipal Sustainability Strategy. It was adopted in February 2019 with the aim of initially implementing the SDGs in six municipal fields of action:
- Climate and Energy
- Natural Resources
- Work and Economy
- Social Participation and Gender Equality
- Global Responsibility and One World
On the basis of 46 indicators, the report illustrates the developments in these areas and shows the extent to which they are relevant for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Bonn. The VLR Report thus links for the first time the City of Bonn's long-standing sustainability reporting with the goals the City set itself with the Sustainability Strategy adopted in 2019.
Mayor Sridharan will present the report to an international audience at the Daring Cities Conference on 23 October 2020, hosted in a virtual format this year by the international city network ICLEI.