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To achieve the SDGs, the active involvement of local and regional governments, and their associations, is fundamental. The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) has made it its mission to ensure towns, cities and regions both benefit from and contribute to the success of the SDGs.

To do so, CEMR has aligned its work programme and priorities with the 17 SDGs, and is preparing a multi-annual strategy built around the SDGs. CEMR also encourages the exchange of knowledge and good practices for the SDG. They have set up a taskforce on SDGs, and are a member of the European Commission’s multi-stakeholder platform on the implementation of the SDGs in the EU.

CEMR also promote tools and projects that help local and regional governments implement the SDGs on the ground. For instance, the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities (RFSC), an open online tool coordinated by CEMR and developed to guide cities implementing integrated sustainable territorial strategies and monitor their progress (www.rfsc.eu).

CEMR’s SDG work serves to strengthen our knowledge as well: hand in hand with PLATFORMA, its network for decentralised cooperation, they produce research and studies dedicated to the SDGs.