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Planning for equal rights: integrating gender and youth perspectives in SDG work (SDG5, SDG 10) 

13.01.21 | Evenemang
 Taking the 2030 Agenda to the local level
Welcome to 'Taking the 2030 Agenda to the local level: How to reach the goals and measure success in municipalities and regions?' - a Nordic knowledge-exchange webinar series from December 2020 through February 2021. A series made for you, working with sustainability issues and SDGs in Nordic municipalities or regions – building on last year’s conference on the topic. This time, on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers, we invite you to six thematic sessions. Learn and share your experiences – good and bad – on implementing and monitoring select SDGs: from climate and gender to housing and procurement. Our virtual meeting rooms will be open for discussions and networking.


13:00 - 15:00

The Nordic countries are often placed at the top of global rankings when it comes to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Much of the success stems from the system of strong local governance in the Nordic Region. OECD estimates that two-thirds of the Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved at the regional and local levels. Hence, you got the keys to the SDGs! By learning from each other, improving leadership and trying a more systematic approach, we can unlock more doors. The webinars will take place on Wednesday afternoons, 13.00-14.30 (CET) with the possibility to have follow-up meetings with speakers and other municipalities & regions 14.30-15.00 (CET). The programme is continuously updated.   

13 January: Planning for equal rights: integrating gender and youth perspectives in SDG work (SDG5, SDG 10) 

This webinar will discuss how the Nordics are viewed as global champions when it comes to gender equality and equal rights, but, in reality, there are things that remain to be done. Sexual harassment, gender-based violence, honour culture, segregated labour markets, gaps in income and health, youth not participating in the decision-making process, and many other issues still need attention and sustainable solutions.

Join our webinar on 13 January 2021, 13:00 CET and meet three cities that are frontrunners when it comes to integrating gender and youth perspectives in their work - to achieve equality and reach the SDG targets: Arendal NO, Umeå SE, and Kópavogur IS. We will also hear from NIKK about the upcoming call for the Nordic gender fund and we will meet Österbotten region, leaders in gender equality in Finland. 

The link to the event will be sent to all of you who registered to the webinar series a day before.

The series will focus on the following themes:

  • 2 DecemberClimate mitigation and adaptation: Examples of Nordic climate action (SDG13, SDG17) 
  • 9 December: Digital solutions to increase access to public services (SDG10)


  • 27 JanuarySustainable consumption and production: procurements and public-private agreements for a green and just transition of markets (SDG12)   
  • 10 February: Planning for sustainable housing and green cities: can physical structures change our behaviours? (SDG11)   
  •  17 February: Monitoring and evaluation of the SDGs: indicators and revisions for enhanced efficacy in the Nordic countries (all goals) 


In 2018, Nordregio started mapping Nordic municipalities and looking for frontrunners in Agenda 2030 implementation, commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers. 27 municipalities were identified and their actions described in the report Global goals for local priorities: The 2030 Agenda at local level . A year later, Nordregio hosted a knowledge-sharing event for municipalities and regions. Based on that, we wrote a Policy Brief: Agenda 2030 and SDGs at the local level – a brief start-up guide (below).    

This webinar series builds on Nordregio’s previous work and meets the request from Nordic municipalities to hold annual events on Agenda 2030 measures and monitoring.