Voluntary Local Review
- Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) help local cities track their progress toward achieving the SDGs.
- Yokohama published its first VLR in 2021.
Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) are initiatives by cities around world to review their efforts for the localizing of the SDGs. The VLR initiative has been spreading worldwide since the first VLRs in the world were released in 2018 by New York City and three cities in Japan. Since then, the United Nations and other international organizations and local government networks have supported the adoption of VLRs by cities and local governments around the world, leading to an increase of published VLRs around the world.
A VLR is more than just a report: it’s a process and a tool to communicate with people, stakeholders and leaders both domestically and internationally. For cities, a VLR is a way of tracking progress and policy, making sure that decisions and direction are matching the underlying intent. For citizens, a VLR offers transparency into the details and the “how” behind declarations like “Yokohama will be Carbon Neutral by 2050,” as well as showing progress toward each of the 17 specific Goals.
The City of Yokohama released its first VLR in 2021.
“Voluntary Local Review (VLR) of the SDGs: Accelerating transformation of cities”
VOLUNTARY LOCAL REVIEW 2021 YOKOHAMA
City of Yokohama SDGs Voluntary Local Review 2021
Sharing Yokohama’s VLR Information With the World
ASCC 2022: Discussing city to city cooperation alongside sustainability goals and local reviews
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Nikkei SDGs Festival in NYC hosts discussions on global city initiatives, including Yokohama and NYC
The “Nikkei SDGs Festival in NYC” was held from July 11-12, 2022 as a side event of the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF). Hosted by Nikkei Newspaper and Nikkei Business Publications, the...
Presenting Yokohama’s SDG progress at the 11th World Urban Forum’s satellite event（WUF11)
From June 26-30, 2022, the Chief Representative of the Yokohama Europe Office spoke at the 11th World Urban Forum (WUF11) organized by UN-Habitat in Katowice, Poland, at a session on SDGs promotion,...
Yokohama participates in 12th High Level Seminar on Sustainable Cities to discuss Asia’s SDGs and VLR initiatives
Yokohama City was invited to participate in the recently held 12th High Level Seminar on Sustainable Cities to discuss the promotion of Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) of the Sustainable Development...
Yokohama City participates in UNOSD International Mayors Forum, discusses Voluntary Local Reviews
At the 2021-22 International Mayors Forum hosted by the UN Office for Sustainable Development held from January 24th to 27th, Mayor Takeharu Yamanaka and Ken Akaoka, Director General of the Global...
What cities like Yokohama are doing locally to make sure they’re improving the world
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