The World Bank’s Senior Vice Presidency for the 2030 Development Agenda, the Academy of International Business (AIB), and the Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP) invite to the special conference:

Localization of the SDGs: Accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Date: December 7th, 2018 

Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia

There are 17 SDGs and 169 targets included in the 2030 sustainable development agenda. These were defined to have a universal coverage, with an emphasis in “ensuring no one is left behind”. This means not only that inclusion, empowerment, and non-discrimination are at the core of the agenda, but also underlining the national and sub-national contexts are different, and therefore localizing the SDGs is critical in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and a sustainable and inclusive territorial development. 

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of the 2030 agenda at the sub-national and local levels
    • Determining means of implementation at the local level
    • Prioritization of goals and targets 
    • Defining implementation timelines
  • SDGs as a framework for local and national development policy
    • Political and legal framework for the SDGs
    • Multi-level governance
    • Aligning national, regional and local plans with the SDGs
  • Advocacy, awareness-raising, dissemination and mainstreaming the 2030 sustainable development agenda
    • From consultation and dialogue to action
    • Democratic accountability 
    • Successful campaigns to communicate the SDGs
    • Identifying local and regional champions
    • Bottom-up approaches
    • Top-down approaches
    • Evaluating and monitoring the implementation of SDGs at the sub-national level
    • Right indicators and proxies
    • Data collection 
    • Big data analytics and the SDGs
  • Developing financial and institutional capacity for localizing the SDGs
    • Budget and financial strategies
    • Fiscal reforms and financial transfers
  • Partnership for the goals        
    • Measuring effectiveness of partnership between the private and public sector to localize SDGs
    • Working together with local communities to translate the SDGs at the local level
    • Contribution of MNEs and local business to end poverty in all its forms everywhere 
    • The role of academia in the SDGs
    • SDGs working groups
  • Learning experiences
    • What works? 
    • Leadership by local authorities: Mayors and city councils as champions of the location of the SDGs
    • Multinational corporations that have adopted the SDGs as part of their corporate strategy
    • Transformative agendas led by the private sector
    • Peer-to-peer learning
  • What is next?

Potential publication:Papers submitted to the conference can be considered for inclusion in a Special Issue of the Journal of International Business Policy on the SDGs with a provisional deadline in September 2019.

Important Dates:

  • Expressions of Interest: June 18th, 2018
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: August 18th, 2018
  • Communication of Decisions: August 30, 2018

Host: Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia


Contact Details:

Prof. Dr. Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez

Vice-President of Administration of the Academy of International Business (AIB) (2015-2018). 

Full Professor of Management, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia