SDGs mainstreaming at the local level: Case studies from Japan

Masuda, Hiromi, Okitasari, Mahesti, Morita, Kanako, Katramiz, Tarek, Shimizu, Hitomi, Kawakubo, Shun and Kataoka, Yatsuka, (2021). SDGs mainstreaming at the local level: Case studies from Japan. Sustainability Science, 16 1539-1562

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    Author Masuda, Hiromi
    Okitasari, Mahesti
    Morita, Kanako
    Katramiz, Tarek
    Shimizu, Hitomi
    Kawakubo, Shun
    Kataoka, Yatsuka
    Title SDGs mainstreaming at the local level: Case studies from Japan
    Appearing in Sustainability Science
    Volume 16
    Publication Date 2021-06-20
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG
    Start page 1539
    End page 1562
    Language eng
    Abstract There has been increasing interest in local-level implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite the emergence of various initiatives undertaken by local governments, studies on the process of mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda within local contexts remain limited. This study is aimed at identifying possible approaches for supporting local governments in successfully mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. We developed an analytical framework covering key components for local-level mainstreaming of the SDGs based on our review of recent policy guidelines for implementing the SDGs and the policy integration and coherence literature. Subsequently, we applied this framework within case studies of two designated municipalities under the Japanese government’s “SDGs Future Cities” initiative aimed at localizing the SDGs. The analysis demonstrated how local governments could develop and apply key components of the SDGs mainstreaming process. Our findings suggest that the following approaches can facilitate local governments’ efforts to mainstream the SDGs: first, municipalities can foster local ownership to address the challenges they face. Second, existing policy resources can be linked with formal procedures. Third, multistakeholder partnerships can be developed. Fourth, vertical communication channels can be established with international and national-level organizations.
    Keyword Sustainable development goals (SDGs)
    Policy integration
    Copyright Holder The Author(s)
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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