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Procurement to localise the SDGs – New ICLEI guidance for towns and cities with 15 pathways

2 December 2019

ICLEI, alongside the City of Aalborg and the Basque Country, recently launched a new publication, which presents towns and cities with 15 pathways they can use to localise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The publication, which was launched at the European Committee of the Regions during the 2019 Transformative Action Award ceremony, provides local governments with inspiring and replicable examples of how the 15 pathways of the Basque Declaration can be used to implement the SDGs at the local level.

Sustainable public procurement is featured as key mechanism for several pathways. For example, Pathway 6 “We will turn the challenges in front of us into opportunities for our local economies” features the cutting-edge work on food procurement of GLCN City and Procura+ Participant Ghent.

Geestland's procurement of LED street lighting as well as GLCN City and Procura+ Participant Rotterdam's customer-centred approach to the procurement of transport services for the elderly and disabled form examples for Pathway 12, which focuses on accelerating sustainability and innovation through public procurement.

In addition, Pathway 15 features Udaltalde 21's project which sees 11 small Basque municipalities coming together under a supra-municipal cooperation model in order to share tenders and work on a common sustainability strategy.

For more information and to download the publication, click here.