Monitoring SDGs Indicators and Open Governance: How Can Local Governments Achieve Transformative Change to Implement the SDGs?

  • DATE / TIME:
    2020•09•30    15:00 - 17:00
    Online (JST)

    UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK) located in Ishikawa Prefecture is amongst one of six regions in Japan, including Kanazawa City, that has been certified as a model project for SDGs Tourism in 2020. These regions and municipalities are making progress in practicing the SDGs by taking advantage of their strengths in areas such as Satoyama, Information Technology, and Education. UNU-IAS OUIK will host a webinar that will facilitate discussions on how to build a system that promotes transparency, citizen collaboration, and citizen participation in Local Government management through the establishment and monitoring of SDGs indicators. This webinar will be held on 30 September 2020 from 15:00 – 17:00 (JST).

    Guest speakers for this event include Shun Kawakubo (Associate Professor, Hosei University Faculty of Engineering and Design Department of Architecture), Kenichiro Fukushima (Representative Director, Code for Kanazawa and Civic Tech Japan), Cosmo Takagi (Research Associate, UNU-IAS OUIK).


    In April 2019, the Japanese Government revised the list of SDG Local Indicators, which corresponds to the global indicators and makes the data available to the public as Japan’s local indicators. In this process, the local SDGs platform, which visualises the level of achievement and progress with SDG indicators for each municipality based on open data, has also been released. It has been mentioned in various UN meetings that local governments will play a key role in SDG practice, as 65% of the SDGs targets would be difficult to achieve without the involvement of local governments. This is in line with the trend of open governance, where citizens would be using public data to analyse the current situation and propose policy agendas under the keywords of “transparency”, “collaboration” and “participation”, which is rather an essential change that the SDGs encourage.


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    Please note that this event will be held in Japanese only, with no English interpretation.