Former vice-president of Atlantic Cities and one of the most active local authorities in the She4Sea project, the agglomeration of La Rochelle has just been appointed as a pilot city in a network of 19 cities wishing to exchange and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030).
This network, led by the city of Tallinn (Estonia), is being developed by URBACT, in partnership with the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CCRE), for a period of two years. The main objective is to enable the pilot cities to exchange with each other and with other European and international peers, to build capacity for the process of localisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on their territory and to develop tools for localisation of the SDGs.
La Rochelle, like the other cities in this pilot network, was selected because it has demonstrated considerable motivation to consider localisation of the SDGs in a systematic way. The partners cover 19 different countries and are diverse in size and nature (metropolitan areas, capital cities, small/medium-sized cities, etc.). By comparing the different realities of these cities, it will be possible to share many different ideas and solutions to this important challenge. The results will also be relevant to a very wide audience outside the network.