The electronic discussion (e-Discussion), to be held from 26 March to 8 April 2018, is coordinated by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The purpose of the e-Discussion is to engage stakeholder groups, experts, practitioners and policy-makers from various regions in a global dialogue on specific aspects of the 2018 ECOSOC theme “From global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities.” The e-Discussion provides an opportunity to participate in formulating critical policy messages and recommendations for consideration by ECOSOC.

To take this discussion forward, UN-DESA and UNDP propose the following questions:

  • What are the current and emerging challenges to building sustainable and resilient societies and what actions can be taken, especially at the local level to address these challenges?
  • How are national and subnational institutions translating the sustainable development goals into concrete actions? What institutional frameworks for sustainable development are required, and how can they be built?

All interested contributors can join the e-Discussion at this address:

Contributions made by participants will be included in a summary of the e-Discussion, which will be posted on the ECOSOC website. The contributions will also be channeled through the report of the United Nations Secretary General on the ECOSOC theme in support of the Council’s deliberations during its high-level segment in July 2018.