Sustainable Development Goals discussed at Round Table meeting
“Local Government and the new Sustainable Development Goals: Implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, 2015-2030 was the topic of a round table discussion with Dr Carl Wright, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum at the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance.
The discussion created an open line of communication where staff, provincial municipal practitioners and NGO’s involved in the local governmental sector to share their views about the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets relating to future international development.
Wright’s presentation looked at the essential role that local and regional government play in implementing and meeting SDGs and development targets. The need for a multi-level government stakeholder approach, a national enabling environment for local governance and localising resources alongside localising SDGs.
Discipline of Public Administration academic, Professor Purshottama Reddy who facilitated the meeting said that such information sharing sessions are important
‘When the Millennium Development Goals were adopted, it is a top down approach and there was not much consultation and buy in from a majority of developing countries. However, things need to be different with the SDG’s that I why we felt it was imperative to have this roundtable with Dr Wright. Now we can start conscientising people and disseminating information, starting at a local level. More importantly municipal functionaries have to be held publicly accountable for disseminating their development mandate,’ he said.
Things have to be different with the SDGs that is why we felt it was necessary to have this discussion with Dr Wright so that issues concerning local governance when it comes to DGs can reach a wider audience and society knows who to hold accountable if things go wrong,’ he said.
Fellow academic, Dr Mogie Subban, echoed Reddy’s sentiments. ‘It was good to engage in robust discussions on issues of local government. Lessons of best practices and models of governance are beneficial to the discourse in academia, and some important emerging and developed aspects provided “food for thought” for further research. Indeed a great ongoing opportunity for knowledge sharing,’ she said.